October 28, 2015 at 9:24 am #11669
The next Our Place live chat is coming up next week and will be focusing on “Engaging your Community and Engaging Partners”.
The chat will be on Thursday 5 November and will start at 12.30pm
Please log in to this thread to join in on the day, and as always, if you can’t make it but have a question you’d like answered just post it here and one of the team will get back to you.
See you then!
GemmaNovember 2, 2015 at 10:15 am #11729
Thanks for this. Looks like all My Community parishes would pick up lots of useful tips and info. from this web-chat.
Chris (NALC)November 5, 2015 at 9:44 am #11776
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See you at 12.30pm!
GemmaNovember 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm #11777
Hello – is anyone going to fireworks tonight?November 5, 2015 at 12:36 pm #11778
I’ll start with a bakers dozen community engagement techniques, then move on to engaging the private and public sectors. if you are logged on please add your own tips on engagement.November 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm #11779
Here is tip one
Parties and Fun and Food!
For example Positive Network emphasis the role of fun in supporting people’s mental health.
In Birmingham, local partners put on an outdoor event and engaged people aged 14 to 94
in asking questions about what would get people to use their park more often. See pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.989486647776188.1073741832.345553238836202&type=3November 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm #11780
At meetings have everyone on an equal footing – put statutory services, local residents and businesses on the same table – everyone is an expert in these circumstances. Do not set up a boardroom style meeting.November 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm #11781
People often tend to point out the negatives. Identify assets of an areas and assets people bring, not (just) deficiencies they perceive. Ask what is working, and what can we do when things are not.November 5, 2015 at 12:42 pm #11782
Ask open questions about people’s lives, not the service.
For example ‘what’s it like getting older around here?’ ‘What’s it like being young around here?’
‘How happy do you feel?’ (out of seven)November 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm #11783
Rich Pictures – get people drawing to describe their circumstances / neighbourhood / project / issue / solutionNovember 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm #11784
Customer Journey mapping – map out how people experiences services. Look for occasions where they are being assessed many times, rather than having needs addressedNovember 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm #11785
Ideas farm – A workshop where people bring ideas and have to take them forward.
This is similar to ‘Soup’ events where people pool money and donate it to those with the best community ideas, as voted on at an event.
2-7 are explained in more detail in The Our Place Guide to Co-design by the Office for Public management http://mycommunity.org.uk/resources/our-place-guide-to-co-design/ See http://detroitsoup.com/November 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm #11786
Some people you want to engage may not read at all, or may not speak English. Some may be shy. Find ways to communicate.
For example Mary Hill integration network ask people to share their country’s dances.
Outdoor activity gives people the chance to express themselves without being put on the spot. Plant some trees! Plant some vegetables! Do it at the weekend!November 5, 2015 at 12:45 pm #11787
Sport – great for engaging (many but not all) young people. Also consider taking questionnaires to football grounds and other places where many people gather.November 5, 2015 at 12:45 pm #11788
Doorknocking – always in pairs. Start at the top of the block and work your way down.
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