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Woodstock Community Plan

A New Community Plan for Woodstock

Woodstock Town Council and Blenheim Estate have appointed CFO to consult the community about the current and future needs of the town.

The community plan will take shape across 2019. The first six months will see a wide-range of opinion and ideas gathered, while the second will see projects identified and prioritised, with strategies for delivering them set out.

Several housing development sites will be coming forward in the next decade; and it is important to ensure that the special character of the town is preserved, facilities are enhanced where necessary and the new developments successfully integrate with the existing communities in Woodstock.

Some projects that emerge from the community conversation may be achievable through the developer contributions (Section 106) process on new development sites; some may be designed into new developments; and some may need a different approach. It is important to say that not all projects will be achieved via forthcoming development. Some may need a different approach, perhaps more long-term.

Initial conversations suggest that key issues for the town may be affordability of the new houses, a doctors’ surgery, schools and pre-schools, green spaces and parking.

But we also want to find out more about the needs of community organisations and groups, the challenges they face now and as the town grows. What can be done to help meet those challenges? What new organisations might be needed as the population grows? How can they be best supported?

Make your voice heard

A comprehensive consultation plan is being developed in order to reach the many different parts of Woodstock. There will be open events where all will be invited to come along and share ideas, a community survey to reach a wider audience and more focused approaches to seek the opinion of harder-to-reach residents.

Upcoming events

The first events to find out more about the Community Plan and to share your ideas and opinions are coming up soon:

  • Main launch event: Saturday 9 March, 10-2 @ The Community Centre there will be a presentation about the plan at 10am and midday, with discussion in-between
  • Tuesday 12 March: 6.30-9.30 @ Marlborough School Library
  • Tuesday 19 March: 7.30 @ The Community Centrethis is the annual Town Meeting, there will be an agenda item about the plan
  • Friday 22 March: 11-1, drop-in session @ Oxfordshire Museum Café CFO staff will be available if you want to share your views

 

You can comment at any time on the plan by emailing: [email protected]

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JOB OPPORTUNITY – Community Development Worker

Do you enjoy working with people? Are you a self-starter who likes getting things done?

CFO is working on an exciting ‘placemaking’ project with Cherwell District Council and Dorchester Living and wish to appoint a Community Development Worker (CDW). The CDW will be based in Heyford Park and will manage a programme of community development activity using an Asset-Based Community Development approach (ABCD).

This will include encouraging interest in volunteering and the creation of clubs and associations and promoting community cohesion, facilitating leisure and social opportunities and liaising with the developer and the local authority.

We are seeking someone with excellent communication skills, a flexible approach and a creative mind. Training and support will be offered for specific types of community development work.

21-28 hours per week (hours negotiable). £24,471 pro rata. Fixed term contract to February 2021.

For more information, including the person specification, please see the Application Pack.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the Application Form and tell us how you meet the person specification.

Email your completed Application Form to Tom McCulloch. Or send by post to Tom McCulloch, Community First Oxfordshire, South Stables, Worton Rectory Farm, Worton, Witney, OX29 4SU.

The application deadline is 4 March 2019. Interviews will be held in the week of 11 March.

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