To launch A Place To we created 15 opportunities over 15 days for people in Dudley to explore inspiring projects, get connected and take their ideas forward. Before these began we got out and talked to 23 managers of local businesses and people running public buildings in Dudley Town Centre who kindly offered to display and/or pass on our promotional leaflet.

Then on 21 July we created A Place To Chat on the grass on Stafford Street close to DY1 venue. We were still setting up when local resident Adam turned up to talk to us because he had seen our tweets and was eager to find out more about A Place To.

Photo of Lorna, Donna and Adam sitting outside on red blanket with project inspiration stories and coffee

Over the next 15 days we also popped up in Priory Park, Grange Park and Coronation Gardens and at Dudley Play Week, invited conversations at Queens Cross Network and Henry Court, hosted Coffee Chats inside and outside DY1, launched Dudley Trade School over two days and hosted a Bring & Share Supper.

Over 80 people of all ages told us what they loved doing and what they would like A Place To do things with other people. See some of their ideas in the slideshow below. Some people told us about places they knew about which could be A Place To start a project or activity with other people. Lots of people were interested in the inspirational projects we showed them and talked about.

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Things which a lot of people we talked to would like A Place To do together included:

COOKING | GROWING FOOD | CRAFTS | BAKING | PLAYING MUSIC | SOCIALISE | EXERCISE

Some other ideas were heard included having A Place To

HOLD A COMMUNITY MARKET | GROW COMMUNITY PRIDE | HOST A COMMUNITY MEAL | CO-WORK | COME TOGETHER WITH OTHERS TO LAUGH AND CHAT | UPCYLE THINGS

We met 7 people who wanted to create 5 new participatory projects. 3 of the projects already have A Place To start, 2 projects are seeking A Place To start. All are eager to get connected with other projects and with people who might like to get involved in them. We’ll be sharing their stories on this blog as we work with them over the next few weeks. If you would like support to develop a project do get in touch. Contact Lorna Prescott at Dudley CVS on lorna@dudleycvs.org.uk or 07501 722255.

15 opportunities in 15 days
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