Melksham COVID-19 Recovery

10th July 2020, 2:37pm | By Peter Dunford |

Melksham COVID-19 Recovery Workshop, Wednesday 22 July 

The Melksham Area Board held an online “Community Briefing” on Wednesday 17 June. The focus of the meeting was the Melksham COVID-19 response and the start of a discussion on what are the priorities for recovery as the lockdown eases, in terms of our economy, health and wellbeing, care, education and community recovery?

A proposal was discussed for a dedicated meeting to discuss this important matter. It was agreed to hold an online stakeholder workshop on Wednesday 22 July at 7pm as a next step.

In seeking to facilitate a co-ordinated response across the Melksham community area, the Area Board wishes to consult with Businesses, Community Groups, Town and Parish Councils, Police, GPs, Healthwatch, Housing Associations, Care Homes and other stakeholders in order to identify priorities for recovery for our town and villages.

All public authorities will be discussing their individual approaches to recovery and stakeholders are invited to bring their ideas to the workshop event to build a shared picture.

To help structure discussions you may like to keep in mind the 4 proposed recovery strands and questions (listed below) as a framework for discussion. It would be helpful if you could notify attendance and share any detailed comments in advance of 22 July with Peter Dunford, Community Engagement Manager at peter.dunford@wiltshire.gov.uk

I hope you will be able to participate in this workshop for which further details will follow in the next week.

Your sincerely,

Councillor Jonathon Seed,

Chairman, Melksham Area Board

 

 Framework for Discussion

Recovery Strands:

  1. Economy
  2. Health and wellbeing
  3. Community resilience
  4. Care, safeguarding and education

 Questions to explore:

Action Question Outcomes
Learning What has gone well? Ø  Examples of initiatives that have worked well

Ø  Good examples of best practice

Ø  New ways of doing things

Ø  Changes that had positive results

 

Identifying Where is support going to be most needed? Ø  Key issues

Ø  Main Challenges

Ø  Opportunities

Ø  Needs specific to the community area

 

Mobilising How can we encourage people to keep volunteering? Ø  Future of support groups

Ø  Resilience of smaller local VCS groups

Ø  People who have stopped volunteering during lockdown?

Ø  How to support volunteers better?

 

Preparing How can we work better together Ø  Who needs to be involved?

Ø  What local structure is required?

Ø  How can existing resources be maximised?

Ø  How can we work better with schools, businesses etc?

 

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