‘Community Pride’ meeting this Thursday

The ‘Community Pride’ Volunteer Initiative is holding a public meeting this Thursday May 3 at 8pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.

The ‘Community Pride’ Volunteer Initiative is holding a public meeting this Thursday May 3 at 8pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.

Community Pride is a new initiative aimed at encouraging the local community to volunteer in projects in an effort to enhance the area and improve the town’s image.

Explaining the origins of the initiative, Andy Smith of Longford Lions club said the idea came from a desire to get people actively involved, rather than just collecting money from them in fund raising drives.

“The idea came through the local Lions club where we would have done a lot of fund raising for charities in the past, but in this current climate we’re putting the emphasis on community service, and getting people out there and together rather than just donating money.”

The hope is to improve and enhance areas around Longford town, especially all entrance roads to the town, as well as washing signs, painting, and pressure washing. For those concerned it will just be a litter-collecting exercise, Andy Smith replied the volunteering will not involve meaningless tasks.

“Everyone who takes part will be involved in scheduled initiatives. We will have a plan for everyone to work together for each particular project so there won’t be a situation where individuals are on their own carrying out meaningful tasks,” Mr Smith said. “There’s many goals on this project. One is obviously to improve the local area and secondly to create a space where people who can come together to do something meaningful. We’re inviting everyone to get involved especially people may have found themselves recently redundant or retired, or others who may just want to meet new people.”

The meeting this Thursday is an opportunity for those interested to hear about the initiative as well as asking questions, or suggesting possible projects for ‘Community Pride.’ “The level of success of this initiative is obviously directly related to the level of response from the general public,” he added. To register as a volunteer please call Terri Doherty 087 2915367 or for further information contact Andy Smith 087 9633868.