CANCELLED: Imagining Community in North Shields: a Future Creating Workshop

This event has been CANCELLED and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

We hope to reschedule the workshop at a later date


Imagining Community in North Shields

A Future Creating Workshop

What the workshop will involve: This workshop invites people to Imagine Different Communities in North Shields. 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 North Shields. 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 North Shields? North Shields can trace its history back many centuries and indeed takes its name from the ‘shielings’ or ‘shiels’ (fishermen’s huts) that once stood on the banks of the river. It was an early monk’s settlement at Tynemouth that helped to make the area one of importance from a very early period. North Shields grew in size with the salt and mining industry and, in the 18th and 19th centuries, the town expanded away from the river. North Shields has experienced many changes over the last century and has been through various phases of regeneration including demolition, refurbishment and new building. North Shields has a long history. But what of North Shield’s future?

Who would be interested? Anyone living, working or interested in North Shields 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.

For any queries please contact: Andrea Armstrong by email: or phone 0191 334 2232


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