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Great Yarmouth plays host

PUBLISHED: 14:15 09 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:16 03 July 2010

OFFICERS and politicians from around the region descended on Great Yarmouth recently to see the good work demonstrated by communities in the borough trying to make a difference.

OFFICERS and politicians from around the region descended on Great Yarmouth recently to see the good work demonstrated by communities in the borough trying to make a difference.

The Regional Empowerment Partnership hosted the event in light of Great Yarmouth's recognition as one of 18 National Empowerment Champions a status awarded by central government.

Council leader Barry Coleman opened the event and executive director of the borough council, Jane Ratcliffe gave an overview of recent and forthcoming initiatives.

Delegates on the day heard first hand from local residents who have been involved in a range of community projects. These ranged from involvement in the Swirles Place Community Garden, which turned a grey unused space into a green meeting place, to the young people aiding development of a skate park on St Nicholas recreation ground. Visitors also heard about the fantastic work of a group of young people, the Sunshine Crew, who run activities for children in their community during the school holidays.

Another highlight of the day was to see the Halfway House Co-operative, which illustrates local people working towards managing their own estate.

A borough council spokeswoman said that feedback was extremely positive and the work of the Comeunity programme in south and central Yarmouth, through its partners, seen as exemplary practice in delivering a community empowerment agenda.

If you would like to find out more about Comeunity or get involved, visit the Neighbourhood Centre, 143 King Street, Great Yarmouth or log onto the web-site www.comeunity.info

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