Free workshops to help people become more involved in their communities are being run across Medway in May and June. The training will include key skills such as budgeting, managing people, negotiating and influencing, promoting events and fundraising.

The workshops, held at venues across Medway, are a joint initiative between Medway Council, Kent Police Medway Voice and SEREP (South East Regional Empowerment Partnership).

They follow on from workshops held earlier this year where residents were able to identify areas where they’d like to see improvements made in their neighbourhood.

Previously, concerns included littering, rubbish dumping and anti-social behaviour. Since then progress has been made in these areas – with community clean ups, litter picks, alley gating and enforcement operations that have targeted graffiti, dog mess and speeding.

The idea of the programme is to encourage people to become more active in their community and support those who already are, such as members of residents’ groups, community club organisers or volunteers and fundraisers.

Details of the forthcoming meetings are below.

Tuesday 24 May 24 – 6pm-8pm at Under 1 Roof, New Road Avenue, Chatham

Thursday 26 May – 10am-12pm at Strood Library, Bryant Road, Strood

Wednesday 8 June 6pm-8pm at White Road Community Centre, Keyes Avenue, Chatham

Saturday 11 June 10am-12pm at Woodside Community Centre, Chestnut Road, Stood

Tuesday 14 June 10am-12pm at Under 1 Roof, New Road Avenue, Chatham

Thursday 16 June 10am-12pm at Hand in Hand Children’s Centre, Twydall Infant School, Twydall Lane, Twydall

Monday 20 June 10am-12pm at St Paul with All Saints Church, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham

Wednesday 22 June 6pm-8pm at Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham

Tuesday 28 June 10am-12pm at Twydall Community Centre, Beechings Way, Twydall

Places are free and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.