Pride in Place - Meet your Communities Officers

Need help and support in your community? Why not contact one of the Pride in Place Communities Officers? They work with anybody and everybody to help people achieve their priorities, make communities stronger and great places to live. Whether you are an experienced group or just need pointing in the right direction the Communities Officers can help. Why not take a look at some of the work they are involved in across Angus

Graeme Hodge - Brechin and Montrose areas

I am currently the Pride in Place Communities Officer for the Brechin and Montrose areas.

My role involves assisting local community groups to be strong and effective:

  • Helping groups to have constructive and productive discussions and working and planning well together
  • Providing training as appropriate e.g. committee skills, child protection, financial management
  • Helping groups to identify and access funding. Also support in completing funding applications
  • Identify learning opportunities for individual group members and ensuring that they have access to learning - this could mean access to our own provision in literacy, numeracy, ICT and ESOL, or involving support and guidance to access wider opportunities.
  • Updating and informing groups on issues that could impact on their activities e.g. changes to local and national policy, information about similar projects in other areas.

Groups I support are:

  • Men Sheds in Montrose, Brechin and Edzell
  • Planting Groups – Montrose in Bloom & Brechin in Bloom
  • Out of School Club committee’s
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Tenant Participation

Contact Details:

Brechin Community Campus, Duke Street, Brechin, DD9 6LB.

Tel: 01356  627441       hodgeg@angus.gov.uk

Jennifer Anderson and Gordon Grewar - Forfar/Kirriemuir

Jennifer and Gordon cover Pride in Place activities along with Planning for Place in the Forfar and Kirriemuir area. This role involves developing and supporting a variety of community groups including tenant participation. There are currently five tenants community groups in Forfar who also work together as Forfar Community Network. They work together to improve their local area and to have a voice covering topics such as waste management, environmental, housing, anti- social and community events. They also have regular estate walkabouts and litter picks. There is one tenants group in Kirriemuir which has developed as a result of a recent community consultation.

  • Support Forfar Action Network which is currently planning and co-ordinating local community events in Forfar including Forfar Gala week.
  • Support Kirriemuir Community allotment, Fairlie Good gardeners and other environmental groups.
  • Support OOSC clubs in Forfar and Kirriemuir to develop their committee skills, set up SCIOS etc.
  • Support schools with litter charter projects and The Pride in Place Awards. 
  • Support Forfar and District and Kirriemuir Men’s shed.
  • Support the Angus Wide Events Network in partnership with Jacqui Semple.
  • Promote and support Clean Up Angus Campaign, Pride in Place Awards and various other community accreditations. The role includes building community capacity and promoting the right to self-determination and celebrating achievements.

Contact Details:

Montrose Road Centre, Montrose Road, Forfar, DD8 2HT. 

Tel: 01307473662   Andersonj1@angus.gov.uk

 

Liz Begg - Arbroath & Area

As a Community Officer, with a Pride in Place focus, my job is extremely varied. I have noted as follows, the main (but not exclusive), areas of work that I cover within my remit:

  • I support individuals and groups who wish to make a difference to the environment of where they live.  I support the community to address anti-social activities such as fly tipping, littering, dog fouling etc. whilst making the areas they live in more vibrant.
  • I offer support to schools to have the ecologically responsible work they do within their communities recognised, as well as encouraging positive attitudes towards the environment from a young age.
  • I offer support to Angus Council tenants, and residents of other housing tenure, to form/run tenants & residents groups with a view to developing a community spirit and improving the areas where they live.   I can support those who wish to participate at an Angus wide level on decisions about their housing service, to work with other departments in Angus Council, to review/scrutinise the Angus Council Housing Service, and put forward recommendations for change.
  • I support community groups by building their capacity, help them to manage their groups affairs responsibly, ensuring that they are inclusive, help encourage partnership working and networking with Angus Council, and other likeminded groups.
  • Help promote and support a sense of civic, community, and/or cultural pride, and the development of activities and groups that embody this.

Below is a flavour of some of the activities and groups that I currently support and work within my locality:

-       Arbirlot Community Trust

-       Arbroath in Bloom

-       Arbroath 2020

-       Community Engagement Events, e.g. annual Bruce Road Fun Day.

-       Community Walkabouts with tenants and home owners.

-       Friends of Friockheim Mill Pond

-       Keptie Friends

-       Warddykes Community Group

Contact Details:

Liz Begg, Communities Officer (Pride in Place), Arbroath Communities Team, Place Directorate, Community Wing, Arbroath Academy, Glenisla Drive, Arbroath, Angus. DD11 5JD.

Tel: 01241 438050 Email: beggl@angus.gov.uk

Carnoustie, Monifeith and Sidlaw

This area is covered by Tracey Lannon, Donald McNeil, Hong Zhang and Jill Boni. Jill talks about her role below; As Community Officers with a Pride in Place remit their job is wide and varied.(picture right Jill Boni)

  • Support individuals and groups who wish to make a difference to the environment of where they live.  Support the community to address littering and dog fouling whilst making the areas they live more vibrant.
  • Support to schools to have the work they do within their communities recognised as well as encouraging positive attitudes towards the environment from a young age.
  • Support to Council House tenants and residents to form/run residents groups with a view to improving the areas where they live.  Support those who wish to participate at an Angus wide level on decisions about their housing service and work with other departments in the Council to review/scrutinise the Housing Service and put forward recommendations for change.
  • Support community groups by building their capacity and manage their group well, ensuring that they are inclusive and help encourage partnership working and networking with other likeminded groups.
  • Support to groups to develop Men’s Sheds in their local area and have representation at the Angus wide network of Men’s sheds
  • Below is a flavour of some of the groups that are currently supported;

-        Colourful Carnousite

-        Monifeith Eco Force

-        Sidlaw Path Network

-        Muirhead, Birkhill and Liff Community Council

-        Green Dog Walkers

Contact Details:

Carnoustie Access Office, 26 High Street, Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 6AP   

Tel: 01241 803598.  Mobile (work): 07557758679   

Email: bonij@angus.gov.uk