The primary aim of our creative activities was to engage and involve local people living in our rural communities; to listen to and gather their opinions, stories and importantly, and aspirations for the future of their communities.
Through this, we hope to help empower and put local people in the lead in addressing the challenges and opportunities in their areas.
We called our approach a ‘story studio’ which was essentially a community space, curated with a creative partner, where local people could gather and feel comfortable, confident and valued in proffering and exchanging their views and ideas.
A key aspect was that the ‘studios’ were planned and created by working with local people and organisations, not just us as the Rural Futures team and our creative partners, to ensure vitally there was local ownership.
The specific objectives were to:
Provide and enable and a firm basis for continued and developing co-working between local organisations
Create a shared understanding of the communities: their past, their present and possible futures
Identify new ideas and opportunities together with the area’s assets to help enable those to be realised
Analyse the material generated to inform potential projects to support future ambitions in conjunction with the objective
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