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Supporting the Community

Two new community activator posts look set to be created to help boost the health and wellbeing of residents in two areas of Erewash.

It is proposed that the two part time roles will be in place for 18 months to work within Long Eaton’s Petersham and Ilkeston’s Cotmanhay communities.

A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week (12 July) is expected to approve the receipt of £48,320 grant funding from Derbyshire County Council Public Health for the project.

The council is part of the Erewash Health and Wellbeing Partnership which works across the borough to develop wellbeing opportunities to help local residents achieve health improvement.

The Partnership first launched community networks in five targeted areas in 2020 and the Kirk Hallam, Sawley and Sandiacre areas are supported through successes delivered by the council and Erewash Voluntary Action, including the Active Lives in Kirk Hallam and Connect Erewash projects.

However, a review of the service earlier this year highlighted the need to increase the resource in Long Eaton’s Petersham and Ilkeston’s Cotmanhay areas to continue the work for healthier communities.

Councillor Paul Maginnis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, says:

“This council works hard on providing activities and support that focuses on the health and wellbeing of all our residents. It is so important for our youth and people of all ages and we are committed to keeping it at the forefront of what we do.

“That is why we monitor and target areas we know need extra support and, thanks to our work with our equally committed partners, this grant funding will help us do just that for our Petersham and Cotmanhay residents.”

The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 12 July at 10.30am.

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