Heritage in the Community – How to make a community space work?

How to make a community space work?

Welcoming people into your community space is the first step in how you get them involved, in the three cases below different practices lead to better start up outcomes.

  • Your space is receiving lots of visitors, however without sufficient organisation behind the scenes, only a few offer to help themselves and even fewer get involved. Sooner or later, the space fails.
  • Your space is not open consistently. Once in awhile, someone comes along with an idea and takes initiative, however without a defined plan or roles, participation is unpredictable and the space struggles.
  • Your space receives many pair of hands offering themselves as volunteers. After a positive experience initially, many return to take on more defined roles – this space thrives.
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Welcoming people –

Organisers have the ability to lift up the vision and values of their space without shutting down volunteers who bring new perspectives and possibilities. Here are two guideline principles to follow:

Find alignment – Work together by integrating opinions instead of rejecting them. When people are in alignment, anyone can support a decision – even if they have concerns.

Offer affirmation – Encourage everyone to try new things and take initiative, even if they fail at first, by sharing positive stories and recognising effort.

Image credit: http://www.swordofthespirit.net/bulwark/february2014p6.htm

Creating the bridge for your one-time visitors to becoming long-term organisers can happen in three steps –

Visiting and getting curious – 

  • Your goal upon first visit is to help people experience your vision for the space.
  • Allow people to get involved and apply their curiosity instead of having things explained. This allows them to practice the aims.

Trying and seeing connections –

  • Your goal here is to help people imagine being a part of this community.
  • Create ways to connect opportunities instead of matching skills to tasks.

Joining and making a commitment – 

  • Grow participation in a healthy, non-forced way to minimise growing pains and badly planned activities.
  • Make it easy for new people to commit and return.
Building a bridge you can’t see can often be just as challenging as it is to build a literal bridge. Image credit: Wikipedia

All of these tips and ideas can be tried out when forming a community space of any kind, which requires planning, organisation and volunteers to carry out the vision. Good luck creating a space for your community!

Whats on?

January 2019

15th Mortars, Plasters and Renders 2:
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
16th Empowering Design Parctices Study Tour – Faith, Community and Design:
Mossley Hill Church, Liverpool
18th Timber Buildings in Essex:
Cressing Temple Barns, Essex
18th Conservation Plans:
Birmingham City University
19th Lime Pointing:
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
25th Lime Based Mortars and Traditional Materials for Repair of Civil Engineering Structures:
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
25th-26th Project Management and Urban Design:
Birmingham City University
28th-31st Specifying Conservation Works:
West Dean College, West Sussex
29th-30th Rubble Wall Building:
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Thanks to Building Conservation for proving us with these Key Dates and Events not to be missed in January.

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Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world. Along with prudent financial management, we have a sound financial foundation that will see us prosper in the coming years.

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