Au Cap residents plan to revitalise community groups


13-June-2009

Mr Vidot (right) addressing the gathering at the start of the session

They were at the Creole Institute taking part in a one-day working session organised by the district administration together with the Department of Community Development.

In his opening speech the department’s principal secretary, Olsen Vidot, highlighted the importance of having sound district structures involving as many residents as possible.

“Human beings by nature need to socialise,” he said. “And a district needs to have certain structures working properly to facilitate this, whether it is for socialising, community work and development or other district-based activities.”

During the day, those present worked together on a plan to revitalise the district’s various committees and organisations, such as the Family Council, Neighbourhood Recreational Activities (NRA), the district youth club and the emergency brigade.

Other bodies where the district works with certain partners were also under scrutiny, such as the district committee council and the district team, which comprises social services, housing, environment, transport and health.

Presentations were given by representatives of organisations such as the police, the Drug and Alcohol Council, Health and Youth departments and the National Sports Council.

And during the afternoon those present worked in groups, finding ways to improve their committees and get the maximum number of people taking part in district life.

District administrator Doris Marengo said among the committees that need the most work are the NRA – which is yet to be introduced to certain parts of the district – and the disabled support group, as they could do with more volunteers.

But for now the strongest group is the 3ème Age, for elderly people, which works very efficiently with many supportive members, she added.

Au Cap is a relatively new district that was formed in 1997 when it was detached from Anse Aux Pins and Anse Royale. Today it has more than 3,600 residents, and such meetings to review and work on the district’s structures are usually held twice a year.

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