An event is taking place in Crewe, where people can discuss ways to make the town a better place to work and live.
The free ‘Community Conversation’ event at The Salvation Army this evening (11 February) is being facilitated by the ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) charity, in partnership with Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire East Council and local faith groups and community organisations.
It will look at the challenges around issues including social isolation, crime, and mental wellbeing.
The event will aim to identify gaps in provision and what can be done to address them.
It is also an opportunity to celebrate the good work taking place in the town.
Anyone who lives or works in the town is invited to attend.
Inspector Kate Buckingham, of Crewe Local Policing Unit (LPU), said: “This event is an ideal opportunity for everyone in Crewe who cares about where they live to get together under one roof and formulate plans to make their town a safer and nicer place to live.
"The aim is to identify the issues that are most important to the people of Crewe and agree on action plans and goals that can be achieved by everyone working together as a united community.
“This is an opportunity for the people of Crewe to meet up and talk about what’s good in the town, what they would like to see change and how they can work together with our partners to make a real difference in their community.
“Crewe has a thriving community, with a number of well-established projects, groups and volunteers already. These Community Conversations aim to lead to increased support for these as well as identify new ideas and initiatives agreed upon and established by the residents of Crewe themselves.”
Debra Green OBE, the Founder and Director of ROC, said: "There are a lot of fantastic people and organisations already connecting, but this will help create a better connection, to find a solution to some of the challenges.
"Things that we can do together, something on the street where we live like a coffee morning, where neighbours get to know each other.
"It helps reduce crime, because gangs, criminals and people selling drugs don't want to live in a connected community."
The event will take place between 7pm and 9pm at The Salvation Army, Prince Albert Street, Crewe, CW1 2DF on Tuesday, 11 February.
Anyone planning to attend is asked to register in advance online at www.roc.uk.com/crewe or by calling 0161 393 4511, but people can also turn up on the day.