Portway Reference Group August 2011 Summary
A presentation was delivered by members of the Project team, SW and TD, to update the Reference Group on the progress of the project.
Public Information sessions throughout September.
The closure of Oldbury Leisure Centre in October 2011.
Construction work due to start early next year.
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference have now been seen by the project Strategic Group and approved.
Public information sessions
Information sessions have been held the local community throughout September 2011. This is to raise awareness of Portway, and give up to date information verbally. Simple questionnaires are also being used to get a ‘snap shot’ of local people’s opinions about Portway. This will also be a tool to help us look at future communication needs, and help build our growing ‘Frequently asked questions’.
The information sessions have been held at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury Leisure Centre, Lion Farm, Oldbury Library in Jack Judge House, Tividale Family Practice and Sainsbury’s in Oldbury.
Attendees discussed rolling out the sessions across the Borough if work in Oldbury is successful. All agreed to extend promotion to other groups and organisations, such as faith groups.
The following actions were then agreed:
A letter would go out to virtual group members to give an update about Portway.
The latest press release would go to Ideal for All for their newsletter.
Taster sessions for reference group members to try out gym equipment themselves at other SLT venues will also be looked into. They would give people an opportunity to sample activities which will be provided at Portway.
Open days for Day Services and other people with Learning Disabilities will also be picked up. More engagement work will also take place with the deaf community.
An opportunity to join the Supporting People annual event on 23 September was also discussed.
Interactive ‘induction’ and access information
Strategic Group representation
Other actions agreed:
Select an activity or leisure centre