Meet and Greet Morning
Newtownards Town Hall – Wed. 15th June 2011
Facilitated by: Ards Development Bureau and Community Network
Mike Nesbitt (UUP)
Jonathan Bell (DUP)
Naomi Armstrong-Cotter (DUP)
Deborah Girvan (Alliance)
Robert Gibson (DUP)
Trevor Cummings (DUP)
Jimmy Menagh (Independent)
Tom Smith (DUP)
Beechfield Residents Assoc.
De-Wind/Cherryvalley Residents Assoc.
Disability Matters – North Down
Little Doves – West Winds
Extern/Strength to Strength
Action Mental Health
South Eastern Trust
Shop Mobility – Ards
West Winds Women’s Group
Movilla Women’s Group
Millisle Community Assoc.
Scrabo Residents Assoc.
East Down Rural Community Network
Cloughey and District Community Assoc.
Ards Phoenix Group
The Net, Comber
Crossroads Caring for Carers
Calvin Allcoat – Chair of Ards Community Network opened the Meet and Greet by welcoming all of the newly elected MLA’s and Councillors followed by a brief run through of the morning’s agenda by Cathy Rice.
Each of the MLA’s and Councillors took to the floor to introduce themselves to the 98 Community Groups and representatives. They highlighted their areas of work and outlined the constituency they represent.
For the final hour of the event the elected representatives joined each of the groups for a round-table discussion. A wide and diverse range of topics were discussed and contact details were exchanged.
While many of the problem areas were the same for each group it was very beneficial for the representatives to get their points across and invite each MLA/Councillor to visit their particular areas and see the work already carried out as well as helping out with the problems they face.
The main feedback from the session evaluations was to exchange contact information and to host similar events. Comments included: ‘Great to meet Urban and Rural groups’, ‘great to meet other groups in the same position as ourselves’, ‘Good to talk to MLAs and Councillors face to face’, ‘Learned where to go to get Council help’ and ‘We would have liked more time with the representative’.
Due to the success of this Meet and Greet Event we will be hosting a second event with a further 8-10 MLAs and Councillors on Wednesday 7th September 2011. We will post further information in early August.
Please feel free to contact our office for any further information.