Creative methods for community involvement

Our contribution to the Heartlands project inspired a group of community regeneration officers of Kerrier District Council (now Cornwall County) to invite us to share our knowledge and experience on ways to involve local communities in regeneration projects. During the inclusive design facilitation we did for Heartlands they had noticed that we used some creative methods that were new to them. They were curious to know more about these methods and find out how to they can use them in their own work.

Community involvement training 1

In a two day training programme we presented our reflections on examples of community involvement methods we have used in a range of  projects. We specifically discussed the benefits of methods such as co-creation and design documentaries. We then explored these methods further together with the participants, in relation to a case study project one of them is currently working on. They had brought materials such as photos to illustrate the context of this project. The main issue for deliberation was how these methods could be used to effectively improve the social cohesion in the local area. As a result of the training programme we developed two potential project activities for this specific case-study.

community involvement training 2

community involvement training 3

You can download a more detailed description of STBY’s contribution to the Heartlands project by clicking here. Alternatively, get in contact with Bas, the Project Manager, by emailing bas@stby.eu.

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