News and updates from the annual Rother LSP event 16 June 2015.

This Local Strategic Partnership event brings together partners, agencies and businesses to focus on improving the quality of life in Rother. The pages below were added throughout the day delivering live news and highlights.

Welcome from the Chair

Martin Fisher, Chair of the Rother LSP Executive welcomes delegates. Martin Fisher outlines how the Rother Local Strategic Partnership decided that the theme Helping People to Help Themselves and the issue of access to existing services were identified as important strategic issues. A number of agencies have identified the impact of resource reductions alongside anecdotal reports and…

Review and next steps

The Chair reflects on some key points raised in the group sessions. Martin Fisher sums up the event and raises some of the key issues, which include; Access to services.‘Online’ only part of the answer.Vulnerable members of the community may lack confidence in accessing services.Assumptions are made about IT literacy due to popularity of Facebook…

Mapping and Chatting

An informal session to map the services and schemes across Rother. The delegates have been asked to grab a cup of coffee and have a think about what services, schemes and organisations they know of which help provide support across the district. The idea is to create a map so we can collate all of…

Guest speaker sessions

Four guest speakers deliver presentations on what issues are affecting Rother. Graham Peters introduces how the South East Local Enterprise Partnership is working with partners to help create sustainable jobs in Rother, working to improve road, rail, cycling and walking networks. Providing opportunities for larger commercial investment will help develop industries and support small local business…

Discussion group sessions

Four groups are underway for delegates to discuss identified areas. The groups are discussing the following areas: Improving health and wellbeingEducation, jobs and skillsHow are our Communities coping?Maximising financial resources for residents and agencies Early discussions have been included: digital communications and difficulties accessing online services; getting more people involved in apprenticeships; rural businesses engaging with each…