Discovered Stories Shared Communities brings together people from diverse communities to share, explore and work with ideas and stories. It develops ways of understanding what it means to be a resilient and welcoming community.
Through this project we are listening, talking, and playing with new meanings, interpretations and stories, and, out of this, new visions for the future of connecting with our communities will emerge. The Discovered Stories Shared Communities project aims to capture those visions so that they can serve as an inspiration to everyone.
This two-year project, funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund, is also exploring different approaches to engaging and working with participants. It works with schools and community groups, the young and old, people who had lived here for generations and those who came here only recently. It also draws in politicians and local authorities to help create local community plans that will outlive the project.
The project will be experimenting with various ways of expressing the stories and experiences of individuals and groups. These accounts can be expressed through the visual arts or written pieces, online work or exhibitions, as well as at community gatherings. Sharing the outcome of these ongoing conversations and exchanges will build a rich resource for all who wish to engage with concepts of belonging, home, diversity and inclusion.
Discovered Stories Shared Communities is developing a range of community led approaches to building community cohesion. Our aim is to engender project ideals and values and support a shared ownership of identity, belonging and community where everyone thrives, contributes and are happy.