Strabane survey gets green light

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The Manager of Strabane and District Caring Services is “delighted” at the news that the Department of Social Development (DSD) has agreed to fund a community consultation project in Strabane.

Mr. Gerard Harkin explained Strabane and District Caring Services will act as the lead partner in the survey and he encouraged as many people as possible to take part.

“We are delighted to act as Lead Partner in the delivery of the Community Consultation in Strabane and would encourage all residents to fully participate in the survey.”

DSD Minister, Nelson McCausland announced that the funding will amount to £44,000 and explained that the consultation will be used to identify the needs of the community and inform future projects in the Neighbourhood Renewal area.

Strabane and District Caring Services will deliver the project, training 30 local volunteers to survey around 660 households.

At the end of their training the volunteers will receive an OCN Level 2 qualification in research skills, to enable them to carry out the survey through door to door visits and focus group work.

Announcing the funding Minister McCausland said: “This Community Consultation will give local residents the opportunity to have their say in matters that are important to them. There are no better people to ascertain the needs of the community than the local people themselves and I am pleased the 30 volunteers involved in this consultation will benefit from accredited training in research skills.

“The results will provide up to date evidence based information of the needs of local communities going forward to the Reform of Local Government and the formation of the new Council post March 2015.”