A vision for the future of the county
'A vibrant, inclusive county, where there are supports and opportunities for all, and all work together to achieve them.'
That's the future outlined by the Wexford PPN (Public Participation Network) in its 'Vision for Community Wellbeing' in the county.
Launched after six months in development the plan centres around six key areas, the first of which looks at how the county can adapt to changes in society and ensure Wexford's values and culture continue to be maintained.
It asks that Wexford be an 'open, inclusive and respectful community that is accepting of dierent cultures and traditions' and one which honours 'our unique Irish heritage, culture and traditions; sharing knowledge, promoting and celebrating this heritage within our communities'.
Under the section entitled Health (physical and mental) it aims to ensure 'Wexford is a county where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy and fullling life,' and where 'holistic health is supported by good provision of health and community services, our high quality natural and built environments and an accepting and inclusive society'.
Safeguarding the local economy is also part of the vision built by the PPN while minimising our carbon footprint, utilising our natural environment and minimising waste management is included in its plans for the Environment and Sustainability in the county.
One of the biggest challenges facing Wexford is in developing our communities and fostering an equal and just society, on this the Vision for Community Wellbeing states,
'We are a considerate community with great leadership, that reduces exclusion and leaves no one behind. We have good provision of local, accessible facilities that accommodate community activities' and 'tailored supports are provided to assist community groups with governance, funding, recruitment and training for their sustainability.'
Finally, under Participation, Democracy and Good Governance the plan aims to create a county where 'we all play an informed and valuable part in shaping and maintaining our communities within our dynamic and proactive local democracy'.
Officially launching the vision, Dr Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland said, 'Wexford PPN should be very proud. You are the first PPN since the pilot to get to this stage and launch a vision for your county - a vision that represents your view as to how they would like this county to look for this and future generations'.
In describing the process of creating the vision Jonathan King of Wexford PPN said 'The important thing to remember is that we started with a blank piece of paper. This vision has been created by members, all of the feedback from members went into creating it, and all of this is available for our Representatives if they want to delve deeper into the vision.'
In closing the event Ann Lacey thanked all for attending and the members for participating in the vision development. She advised that the feedback material gathered during the consultations and a copy of the final vision is available on Wexford PPN website www.wexfordppn.ie along with more information about Wexford PPN.