Simple tools for community engagement

I’ve pulled this post out of my drafts folder where it has sat for more than a year. I thought it deserved to see the light of day. Obviously, don’t do this until Lockdown is well and truly over

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April 2019

Yesterday I was doing some community consultation work in Birkby, Huddersfield, on behalf of the social enterprise I work with, Locorum Ltd.

The Lark in the Park, in Norman Park was a lovely little event, which achieved considerable success in bringing together a community which has had more than its fair share of trauma recently.

There were two tools which really provided the catalyst for conversation and interaction. One was some lovely food, served at very reasonable prices. Food is always good for stimulating exchanges between people.

The other tool was a bit more surprising; a simple piece of rope. Someone produced a length of rope and started an impromptu tug-of-war competition. Teams were formed and their supporters gathered round to cheer them on. This was the biggest success of the day in terms of bringing people together, starting some social bonding, and encouraging interaction.

Sometimes the most simple tools are the most effective. Remember this when you are trying to get people to interact with each other.

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Meanwhile back in May 2020

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