Your views really matter!
A review of the Community Action Plan is being carried by a Steering Group of local community groups and organisations. The Steering Group are looking for your views on what you think your community needs now, and how you feel it could be improved as a place to live in, work in or visit.
The review is being funded by Perth and Kinross LEADER (www.pkleader.org/) and supported by Perth & Kinross Council, STAR Development Group (stardevelopmentgroup.org/) and Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust.
Blairgowrie & Rattray published its first ever Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Action Plan in 2018, generating several initiatives and improvement across the town.
The current CAP was limited to the centre of the town, and contained no reference or actions to address the impact of climate change. There was little focus on engagement, involvement and actions around the needs of young people. And with so many changes, not least the impact of Covid19, it is now time to refresh the Plan to make sure it continues to address the needs and wishes of the local community. This will also help groups to secure funding and support for local projects and improvements.
The Steering Group want to know what the people of Blairgowrie & Rattray think about their community now - and how they feel it could be improved as a place to live in, work in or visit.
So, they are asking everyone of all ages in the Blairgowrie and Rattray area to take a few minutes to complete a brief seven question Survey.
Covid restrictions have prevented the group from handing out fliers and holding physical events as would normally be the case. Paper copies of the survey will be posted to households in the Blairgowrie and Rattray area during April 2021.
To help the group out, please share information about the survey with your friends, relatives, neighbours and contacts - and direct them to the survey. That way, a broad range of responses can be obtained, with as many people as possible in Blairgowrie and Rattray having their opportunity to express their views.
Meet your Community Connectors
Two Community Connectors have been contracted to engage with a broad selection of the key individuals, groups, organisations and businesses in the town to obtain their views. We are grateful to Perth and Kinross LEADER for funding.
Daniele Muir runs two micro-businesses - Perthshire Wildlife and Celtica Wildflowers, and holds a part time post as the Scottish Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society.
She worked as a Countryside Ranger with Perth & Kinross Council for many years in Crieff and Blairgowrie and has a good knowledge of the East Perthshire area.
Daniele has carried out research on amphibians and roads, and wildlife provision in buildings.
She is very much looking forward to speaking to community groups across the town to gather views, ideas and suggestions for the next Community Action Plan.
Lynne Murrie and husband Phil have been residents of Carsie for over ten years. They have an eight year old daughter and a Collie pup.
Since October 2019, Lynne has run a cake business called Theracake, home producing bespoke celebration cakes and cupcake bouquets, afternoon teas and home baking.
Lynne is very much looking forward to learning more about the Blairgowrie and Rattray community and how we can all work together to improve life for all its residents.
Paper copies of Survey to be included in next Hub Magazine
When the Hub Magazine is published and delivered to households throughout the town later this month, a paper copy of the Community Action Plan Review Survey will be inserted into each and every copy.
The flier contains information about the review for all to read, and the link to access the survey online - but importantly, the survey questions are included in full on the flier so that anyone who does not have access to the online option still has the opportunity to get involved and have their say.
Once the paper survey is completed it can be left at various drop-off points in the town. All of the supermarkets in the town were more than happy to be used as drop- off points - Tesco, Sainsburys, the two Co-ops and Scotmid in Rattray. Further drop-off points are available at Mitchells Newsagents, Booklore, SCYD and Rattray Hall. We do hope that this will make the survey more accessible and easy to complete and return. So look out for the Survey coming through your letterbox soon - and encourage everyone you know to complete it!
Our Community Connectors have been busy over the past few weeks!
Daniele and Lynne have been busy holding online meetings with representatives of various groups and sectors throughout the town, including environment and climate change, transport, arts and events, tourism, young people and many more. They will be compiling reports of all of these meetings and the feedback they receive, all of which will be added to the information received from the community survey to form a draft report on findings. This is a lengthy process and will be completed in the coming months to be shared with the community. Meanwhile, Daniele and Lynne will continue with their good work!
Update - 13th April 2021
The Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Action Plan Review is under way!
Have you completed the CAP Review Survey yet? It consists of only 7 questions, and takes minutes to complete. Yet by getting involved you could influence what happens in your community both now and in the future.
If you live in Blairgowrie or Rattray, whatever your age, whether you are at school, a student, work in or outwith the town, are seeking employment, volunteer with a local community group or are retired, your views really do matter. In fact, the broader the range of responses that are received, the better. What's important is that your views are received - because if you don't share what you think, how can anything ever change? www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BlairgowrieandRattrayCAPReview
Update March 2021