Imagining Community in Benwell: a Future Creating Workshop **Booking Link below**

Imagining Community in Benwell

A Future Creating Workshop

2.00 – 4.30pm, Wednesday 6 May 2015

Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8XS

What the workshop will involve: This workshop invites people to Imagine Community in Benwell. This involves a collaborative process – a future creating workshop – focused on developing a shared vision for the future along with concrete strategies for reaching specific goals. The workshop provides participants an opportunity to work together to deepen their understanding of the challenges facing their community, to create positive alternative futures, and to begin to design strategies to bring those futures to life.

Imagining different communities and making them happen: This is one of the key themes of the Imagine North East research project, which entails Durham University working in partnership with community organisations in Benwell. The project is looking at the way people engage with their communities and with wider society through taking an active role in civic life.

What kind of community would you like to create in Benwell? Benwell can trace its history to Roman times. It remained rural for decades and in the mid-nineteenth century the population was only 1000. The Industrial Revolution transformed Benwell and by 1900 the population was 18,000. Housing was built for the growing workforce and it contrasted sharply with the area of ‘rural’ Benwell which consisted of mansions, housing many of the new industrialists. Benwell has experienced many changes over the last century including industrial expansion and decline and has been through various phases of regeneration including demolition, refurbishment and new building. Benwell has a number of community and voluntary organisations and there is a keen interest in its history. But what of Benwell’s future?

Who would be interested? Anyone living, working or interested in Benwell including members of community and voluntary organisations.

The workshop is led by Professor Mary Brydon Miller, Director of the Action Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, USA. Mary is visiting Durham University from April – June 2015 to work at the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA) and is running a number of workshops.

The workshop funded by Durham University’s Imagine project. Places are free, but limited so booking is essential. To BOOK A PLACE please go to

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