Tipperary PPN launch the Vision for Community Wellbeing in Tipperary on Thursday 26th November via virtual meeting

The Tipperary Public Participation Network (PPN) have spent the last 18 months consulting with volunteer-led groups all over Tipperary to identify what they want to see for Tipperary to be the best that it can be.


On Thursday 26th November 2020, at the Plenary event, the PPN launched and adopted the Vision Statements for Community Wellbeing in the 5 MD areas of Carrick On Suir, Clonmel Borough, Nenagh, Thurles and Tipperary/Cahir/Cashel.


The Vision for Community Wellbeing is part of a national programme, which gives local volunteers an opportunity to articulate their hopes for the future which is based on thinking about what is already in place, what needs to be maintained, and what is needed to help Tipperary to be as great as it can be for this and for the many generations that follow on from ours.


The event took place over Zoom and Charles Stanley Smith officially launched the document on behalf of the PPN Secretariat. Charles congratulated all involved on their work in developing this vision and commented “that this was an amazing voluntary effort across the county and shows the  importance and the strength of Tipperary PPN in giving a voice to the community and supporting this project form the bottom up”


At the consultation evenings the PPN measured wellbeing under the headings of Participation, Democracy and Local Government, Values, Culture & Meaning, Social Community Development, Work, Economy & Resources, Health, Environment & Sustainability.


“We believe that the people living in the community are the real experts and this process and the PPN gives them a real voice” explained Ruth Smith one of the Vision Team.


“We held public consultation meetings and had opportunities for people to feed in online also”.  All this information will be brought together and be used to influence policy and guide the work of the PPN and its representatives in influencing policy and working towards achieving the community’s goals.


Dr Harriet Emerson (Wellbeing vision workshop facilitator) spoke at the launch and she said “Looking at community wellbeing under all these different headings, means that participants had to really think “out of the box”, and understand how all these different factors interact to impact on quality of life”


Tipperary PPN coordinator Avril Wilson said that “the vision which the members have produced will form the cornerstone of what the PPN is about and the results are already feeding into the Local Authority policy making;  for example the Corporate Plan. The PPN have made a submission to the issue paper on the County Development Plan” She thanked everyone involved in this huge project and commented that  “Consultation, communication and collaboration between PPN community groups, the Local Authority and other agencies was the key to success for achieving people’s vision of a healthy, strong community and will be key going forward”


Tipperary PPN has 62 representatives on local policy making committees and this vision will now form the basis of the changes that they want to see.  The vision cannot be achieved overnight but the PPN are looking forward to co-operating with the County Council and relevant stakeholders in this important work.

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