Up to 120 people attended a round table networking event for community alert groups, hosted by Laois Community Forum and An Garda Siochana.
The evening consisted of 10 Tables discussing topics such as Community Alert Structures and Resources, Crime Prevention, Rapid Text Alert Systems, Communications and the Elderly and Rurally Isolated. A facilitator at each table gave feedback on the networking sessions at the end of the night. After that there was an open Forum for questions, not covered in the discussion tables. Most questions answered by Chief Superintendant John Scanlan and Conor O’ Leary, Muintir na Tire.
Any person who did not have an opportunity to give their query at the meeting, wrote it down on the evaluation sheet and it will be followed up on.
“The feedback from most groups and organisations present was that the meeting was very successful and that the discussions gave people a real opportunity to engage and express their views. Community Alert groups from all over Laois were present at the meeting,” said Honor Deevy, Community & Enterprise, Laois County Council and Facilitator of Laois Community Forum.
Ms Deevy said a representaive from The Heath community alert group spoke to the meeting about their text alert system.
“They are a well established group in The Heath and they said they were willing to talk to anyone who had questions.”
There were also a number of display stands relevant to Community Alert groups such as Home Instead, Task, Community Mediation Service, An Garda Siochana Crime Prevention stand and the meeting was addressed by Paddy Buggy, Chairperson of Laois Community Forum, Chief Superintendant John Scanlan and Mr O’ Leary.
Laois Community Forum plan to hold more information and networking events so that we can help Community groups, a meeting for local residents associations is next on their agenda.
Laois Community Forum has an important role to play in County Laois in promoting the participation of the community and voluntary sector in local decision-making. Highlighting awareness of issues affecting all communities is an essential aim of the Community Forum and is highlighted through the members, events and the media.