A significant milestone in the life of the new Fermanagh and Omagh district was reached today with the launch of the first Community Plan for the district ‘Fermanagh and Omagh 2030’.
The Community Plan sets out a long-term, shared Vision and eight shared outcomes aimed at delivering improved public services and a better quality of life for local people.
It was developed through an extensive co-design process which included significant community engagement on the issues which matter to local citizens. All thirteen designated Statutory Partners, the Community and Voluntary Sector and business community have signed up to achievement of the long-term Vision and outcomes.
The shared Vision is of ‘a welcoming, shared and inclusive Fermanagh and Omagh district where people and places are healthy, safe, connected and prosperous and where our outstanding natural, built and cultural heritage is cherished and sustainably managed’.
Speaking at the event, Community Planning Partnership Chairman, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said:
‘Community Planning is a long term process which provides the opportunity for all our partners to come together to improve social, economic and environmental wellbeing and quality of life of local people. Many of the changes will be generational in nature, although there will be short term gains, and will make a real, positive impact on people’s lives.’
‘Community planning brings shared responsibility to achieve outcomes with real-time monitoring of performance to determine the effectiveness of collective actions supported by a flexible, responsive approach. Only by working together can we achieve these long-term outcomes, reduce duplication of services and create new and innovative ways of working to improve services for everyone who lives and works in the area’.
Attending the event were two local school children who participated in a Community Planning arts and creativity initiative ‘A Day in the Life of the Next Generation’. Their contributions illustrated the Plan’s vision for the future with Eoin McEvoy, St Patricks PS, Eskra reciting his poem entitled ‘My Classic Future’ and Aoife McGlinchey, Loreto Grammar School, Omagh outlining the thinking behind her artwork.
Head of Community Planning for the Department for Communities, Nichola Creagh added: ‚The Department is supporting the development of Community Plans with the focus on local people. These partnerships will identify long-term priorities and implement a shared plan for promoting the area, improving community cohesion and the quality of life for all citizens.‛
Alongside the Community Plan, the Community Planning Partnership also launched an innovative pilot health and wellbeing programme aimed at the over 50’s – ‘Fire Fitness 50+’, led by the NI Fire and Rescue Service. This programme will contribute towards achievement of outcome one ‘Our people are healthy and well – physically, mentally and emotionally’ and outcome two ‘Older people lead more independent, engaged and socially connected lives’.
Mark Deeney, Western Area Commander, NIFRS said:
‘ Firefighters are renowned for their high level of fitness and we want to share that expertise to encourage those over 50 who may not be involved in sport or exercise to give it a go’. The 6 week programme delivered in conjunction with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Sport NI is based on some of the physical activities that Fire fighters undertake but is suitable for men and women of all levels of fitness. ‘Our aim is to show participants the benefits of keeping active and making fitness fun. Regular activity not only improves physical fitness but it has a profound impact on our emotional and mental wellbeing’.
The Fire Fitness 50+ programme will take place at Omagh Fire Station and starts on Wednesday 26th April at 10.30am. Places are limited so to register please go to www.fermanaghomagh.com or contact Ryan Hanna. Leisure, Recreation and Sports Officer on 0300 303 1777.