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Community Engagement Day 26 July 2017

COMMUNITY KITCHEN

We are holding a Community Engagement Day on Wednesday 26 July 2017 to seek your views on how the buildings at the Old Mill can be brought into use for the community

Some plans have been prepared for installing a training kitchen in one of the buildings close to the Incredible Edible Cloughmills garden which would open up some exciting opportunities for starting up cooking classes, jam making, batch cooking of produce from the garden and maybe even piloting craft food production. It could also service a community café for users of the garden and the adjoining Biopark.

The refurbishment of the building will open up some community space for a range of other activities to take place such as craft classes, small exhibitions, health and well being activities , presentations, film shows , meetings and much more.

The plans are the first step in seeking financial support for the building work required and we need your views on the proposals to make a strong case for the benefit of the community. We will be applying to the Causeway Coast and Glens Local Action Group for funding of the works under the Rural Development Programme. They have already helped us with a small grant to get the plans drawn up and now it is up to the community to show what they think about the proposals.

The Old Mill buildings have played an important part in the life of our village in the past and it is time now for their regeneration. This is your opportunity to have a say in how that can be done and what you would like it to see the building used for.

These sessions will be from 2pm to 4 pm and from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 26 July. Everyone is welcome

Come along to one of our Open Sessions and give us your views. The whole event will be an informal affair with cooking demos and craft activities for the kids. The Community Development Team from the Causeway Coast and Glens Council and from the Community Places Consultancy will be on hand to help you express your views. We will also have a representative from Bell Architects on hand to talk about the plans and how they respect the heritage of the site. And there is more ......

MEN'S SHED

This is another new venture for bringing the buildings into use - but for this one it is happening NOW!

The Community Action Team have been working hard to prepare a woodcraft workshop at the Old Mill and now it is ready to launch this new venture. We all know that men like to potter about in a shed but this shed is something different and is equipped with wood working equipment like a wood turning lathe and scroll saw as well as powered wood cutting tools.

We want to hear from any men in the community who would like to come together to engage in some worthwhile activity around making and repairing things, passing on their skills to others or learning a new skill, or just wanting somewhere to go to get out of the house and socialise a bit more over a cup of tea and a chat.

This project has a health and wellbeing objective to help overcome social isolation especially in rural areas. We have linked up with the Cloughmills Pharmacy to develop a Community Pharmacy Partnership which will be working closely with the men's shed to promote a series of presentations and social activities to address men's health issues over the next year. Whether you are a regular at the shed or not we want to hear from anyone who would like to come along to these presentations - especially anyone who is living alone. If you know of someone who you think would benefit from either of these initiatives please let them know.

We are grateful to the Community Development and Health Network who are managing this health improvement programme with funding from the Public Health Agency.

COME ALONG ON WEDNESDAY 26 JULY TO ONE OF OUR CONSULTATION SESSIONS 2pm to 4 pm and 7pm to 9pm . We look forward to showing you around and giving a wood turning demonstration. It could be your TURN next!