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St Helena : St Helena: SOCIAL POLICY PLAN – PARTICIPATION EVENTS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 22.02.2013 (Article Archived on 08.03.2013)

Social Policy Planner, Paul McGinnety, will be hosting a series of public participation events around the Island, commencing in March.

SOCIAL POLICY PLAN – PARTICIPATION EVENTS


 


Social Policy Planner, Paul McGinnety, will be hosting a series of public participation events around the Island, commencing in March.


 


Paul is responsible for developing and implementing a national Social Policy Plan that supports the Island’s Sustainable Development Plan and the overall vision of SHG – ‘strengthened community and family life through vibrant economic growth, effective management of the environment, with opportunities for all to participate, within a framework of effective government and law.’


 


Social policy is about people, families, whole communities and the services we access. These public events are aimed at identifying community issues and ensuring that social matters are addressed in all policy work, legislation and relevant decision-making. Once identified, the Social Policy Plan will establish solutions to problem areas to improve the quality of life on St Helena.


 


Paul wants to produce the plan, through public participation including planned activities at scheduled events. Paul said: “This will give everyone the chance to participate in the plan and let people have a say. The plan is a blank piece of paper at the moment, and I need information and experiences from residents so that I can write a plan that reflects Island life and the issues people face on a day to day basis.


 


Once Paul has collected this information and additional data, the first version of the plan is aimed to be drawn up in May 2013.


 


The Social Policy Plan will then be shared at further scheduled community meetings, where feedback will be taken to produce a final version of the plan, which will be signed off later this year.


 


The plan will be reviewed on an annual basis as a live document. As the Social Policy Plan is a community led - document, Paul said that it needs to be developed by Islanders: “I am looking forward to meeting people in the community to find out what issues they have.”


Residents are encouraged to attend and to have a real input into social policies on St Helena going forward.


 


All public participation events will take place from 6pm- 7pm at the following venues:


Longwood Community Centre – Monday 4 March


Sandy Bay Community Centre – Wednesday 6 March


Levelwood Community Centre – Thursday 7 March


Kingshurst Community Centre – Monday 11 March


Jamestown Community Centre – Tuesday 12 March


Blue Hill Community Centre – Thursday 14 March


Half Tree Hollow Community Centre – Monday 18 March



SHG


19 February 2013

 

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