Stakeholder Forum October 2010

Stakeholder Forum

Photograph by Avec Photo

The October Stakeholder Forum took place in Walkway Community Centre with approximately 70 people in attendance.

The theme of the forum was cycling and attendees were asked to cycle to the event, thank you to all who did so.

Special guest speakers included Rik Cook from Sustrans and David Scott from QUB PARC Study. Rik discussed the health benefits of cycling. He also highlighted the importance of greenways as they provide an opportunity  for people to cycle for health and transport purposes in a safe space. David Scott updated the stakeholders on the progress of the PARC study. QUB are keen as part of the study to introduce health initiatives in East Belfast following consultation with local community groups.

Pupils from Ashfield High Girls' School also attended the forum and gave a presentation on the Greenway Santa Cycle. They are, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, assisting the Connswater Community Greenway with the publicising of this year's Santa Cycle. Following the success of last year's sponsored cycle for Bowel Cancer UK, the CCG is working in partnership with Rosi Kirker, Bowel Cancer UK and Ashfield Girls' School to double the number of participants from 250 last year to 500 this year. The event will take place on Sunday 5th December, meeting in Titanic Quarter at 11 a.m. and cycling to Andrews Memorial School in Comber. (To register for this event please contact Heather, tel: 90467925 or email heather@eastbelfastpartnership.org.)