Westmeath Public Participation Network (WPPN) to lead Vision for Community Wellbeing

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 14 May 2019

Westmeath Public Participation Network (WPPN) to lead Vision for Community Wellbeing

What do we need for the wellbeing of the communities of Westmeath? That is the question being posed by Westmeath PPN, and they want to hear from all the groups and organisations in Westmeath.  Developing a Vision for Community Wellbeing means thinking about what we have and what we need to help Westmeath to be as great as it can be for us and for the many generations that follow on from ours.

One thing everyone can agree on is that we would like our community to be the very best it can be. Westmeath PPN are delighted to be rolling out a new National Initiative on Community Wellbeing.    “Our wellbeing is affected by many things; the economy, the environment, services etc” explained Brigid Geoghegan (WPPN Resource Worker) “and the wellbeing of the community affects everyone within it.  We really want to hear from the groups and organisations on the ground what is important to them”. 

The PPN is hosting 2 consultation events on:

  • Tuesday 28th May at 7pm in Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone 
  • Thursday 30th May 2019 at 7pm in Bloomfield House Hotel Mullingar

to start this important conversation.  Groups will also be able to feed in online.  All this information will be brought together and be used to influence policy and guide the work of the PPN and its representatives in influencing policy, and working towards achieving the community’s goals.

What is Community Wellbeing

Wellbeing is an increasingly common term that can describe wider conditions than good physical and mental health, which we need as individuals and communities to have a better quality of life, a healthier environment and increased prosperity. Some of these are things that we can easily measure, like the number of pre-school places, or the speed with which an ambulance can get to a sick person.  Others are less easily measured, such as our pride of place, our heritage and the way in which we all look after each other. All aspects of wellbeing are connected to each other.   “So, for example, if our natural environment is poor, it will affect our mental and physical health as well as our economy. In other words, all the parts of our community wellbeing are interconnected” explained Brigid Geoghegan.  

Under this programme the Westmeath PPN and the other 30 PPNs in the country will look at community wellbeing under the same headings; social and community development; environment and sustainability; work, economy and resources; health; values, culture and meaning; and participation, democracy and good governance.  By using these 6 headings across all the country, we can see whether we in Westmeath have the same concerns and causes for celebration as others.

Westmeath PPN

The Westmeath PPN (Public Participation Network) is a collective of all the community, voluntary, social inclusion and environmental groups in Westmeath.  Established in 2015, the PPN provides the community voice on Westmeath County Council and other decision committees.  It also runs training courses for member groups and shares information about funding and activities.  Westmeath PPN is very excited to be part of the community wellbeing project.  For more information or to get involved you can contact the PPN at info@westmeathppn.ie or updates on www.westmeathppn.ie

 

Getting involved

The community consultation meetings will take place on 28th May at 7pm in Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone & 30th May 2019 at 7pm in Bloomfield House Hotel Mullingar.  If you would like to find out more, or your community organisation would like to participate in the consultation on community wellbeing, please contact Brigid or Margaret  info@westmeathppn.ie or 044-9332157 to book a place.