Find out what community services are on offer for you in the Devizes area
2:50pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Latest News
Members of the public and rural businesses are invited to find out what services are available to those living and working in the rural areas surrounding Devizes on October 29, from 5.30pm.
Devizes Community Area Partnership (DCAP) is hosting an event called Access to Services at Market Lavington Community Hall in an Any Questions-style session with presentations from DCAP, Community First, Wiltshire Online and AGE UK and others.
Ian Rose, DCAP’s countryside group chairman, said: “We need to ensure that people living in the wider Devizes area community are aware of the services and help on offer to them.
"It may sometimes seem difficult to gain access to the sort of services that people in Devizes take for granted but actually it’s not. So this conference is a chance to find out what is available, what is improving and ask your questions of the key local service providers.”
Lynn Gibson, assistant chief executive of Community First, said: “It’s important for us to get the opportunity to discuss the issues of rural living with those who would benefit from some additional help.
"We have a wide range of solutions available, such as LINK, Good Neighbours Services and community transport, all of which can be of benefit to people of all ages.”
With Wiltshire Council rolling out superfast broadband across the county to benefit 91per cent of households and business by March 2016, it will create new opportunities for all.
Wiltshire Online is committed to promoting computer literacy and is keen to encourage people to get online.
Jenny Wilcockson from Wiltshire Online said: “We will be raising awareness of the digital literacy theme of the Wiltshire Online programme. We need to discuss what Wiltshire Council is doing to help support residents gain confidence with the basics of computers and the web."
Brian Deeley of AGE UK said: “Living in the countryside has its advantages; it’s not only a lovely environment but also one that offers peace and quiet. "However, relatively low population densities and distances to some mainstream facilities can present additional problems for rural communities and, particularly older people including higher living costs, poorer transport links and more limited social networks."
DCAP is welcoming everyone to this event on Tuesday October 29.
Ian Rose from DCAP said: "This event isn’t just about Devizes or even Market Lavington, it’s about the whole area and we hope that people will take the time to join us and get involved."
The conference starts at 5.30pm in Market Lavington Community Centre and is free to attend, refreshments will be available.
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