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Do you love life in Waltham Forest?

Are you proud to call Waltham Forest home? What do you like most about the community in which you live? And, do you have opportunities to get to know your fellow residents?



These are the kind of questions Waltham Forest Council is asking people all over the borough, as it looks at what more it can do to support strong and happy communities.



Today, Monday 16 November, on online survey called Living Together in Waltham Forest has been launched to find out what it means to local people to live in the borough – and the results will be used to help shape future plans to build on Waltham Forest’s community spirit.



Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: “We’re keen to find out what you think about living in Waltham Forest – your likes and dislikes – so that we as a Council can better understand whether you feel a sense of belonging.



“In particular, we want to know the types of things that help you to feel part of the community that you live in. This information will help feed into our Cohesion Strategy, which will looks at ways in which the Council can help people to get along with one another.



“I really hope to see as many residents as possible sparing a few minutes to complete the survey, so that we in turn can look at what could be done to help make Waltham Forest an even better place to live.”



Once all of the survey results have been received, the Council will organise discussion groups to explore in more depth the themes and comments put forward by residents. All of the feedback received will then be used to help draft a Waltham Forest Cohesion Strategy.



The survey will also act as the starting point of a new Faces of Waltham Forest campaign – encouraging residents to come forward with their own stories about life in the borough.



Through the campaign, the Council wants to share personal stories from local people of different ages, backgrounds, and from all walks of life, to give others an insight into what living in Waltham Forest is like for their fellow residents.



In addition, everyone who completes the survey before it closes on 15 January will have the chance to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win £50 worth of shopping vouchers.



You can complete the survey online by visiting www.walthamforest.gov.uk/livingtogether. Free internet access is available at Waltham Forest libraries. Keep up to date with the latest news by following the Council on Twitter @wfcouncil.

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