Keeping High Wycombe residents informed about COVID-19

High Wycombe Community Board is holding its next COVID-19 briefing on Friday 18 December from 3pm to 4pm.
Members of the community are invited to listen in and hear an update on the number of COVID cases in the High Wycombe area from Dan Flecknoe, Buckinghamshire Council’s Public Health Consultant. Emma Denley, the Council’s Localism Manager, will be updating the Board on the Helping Hand scheme and local support hubs which are aimed at supporting our vulnerable residents during the winter period.
Invites to the Board meeting have been sent to the High Wycombe Community Board mailing list, a list of contacts of High Wycombe based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups, Faith Groups, Community Groups and Churches in the area. Everyone invited has been encouraged to share the invite with their own networks to reach as wide a range of attendees as possible, including residents.

Chairman of the High Wycombe Community Board (HWCB), Cllr Arif Hussain, added: “The purpose of the Community Boards is to engage with local people about local issues and this particular meeting is to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on our communities and what we all need to do to look after one another.
In addition, HWCB, together with the Council, is working with local charities and organisations to put in place a structure which will help our most vulnerable residents during the COVID pandemic and after.”

If you would like to join the briefing on Friday please email localities@buckinghamshire.gov.uk and you will be sent the link to the meeting.

What are Community Boards?
Community Boards are a new way of bringing the council, groups, organisations and local people together to look at local issues and find ways of improving them together.
As a community-led partnership, Community Boards will:
• influence how decisions are made and how services are delivered
• represent the voice of local people
• capture thoughts, ideas and suggestions
• bring together key community partners and residents
• identify local needs and work to produce creative solutions
There will be many ways the boards will work with the community to identify what is important in each area and take action together.
The boards will use local data, intelligence and the views of people and partners in the community to identify key areas of focus and priorities for the board. These priorities will help determine where the boards take action and allocate funding to improve the local area.
The boards are all about taking action. Working groups will explore the local priorities, set up local projects and find creative ways to make local changes.
Each board (there are 16 spread across Buckinghamshire) has an allocated budget to fund local projects and initiatives.
There will be five public meetings held each year. At these meetings, funding is allocated and feedback will be shared on the plan of action. Action notes from these meetings will be published online. Details of meetings that have taken place and are coming up can be found on the Council’s website https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-and-safety/improving-your-local-community/

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