Discovered Stories Shared Communities

Discovered Stories Shared Communities

Discovered Stories Shared Communities briought together people from diverse communities to share, explore and work with ideas and stories. It developed ways of understanding what it means to be a resilient and welcoming community.

Through this project we listened, talked, and played with new meanings, interpretations and stories, and, out of this, new visions for the future of connecting with our communities emerged. Discovered Stories Shared Communities captured those visions so that they can serve as an inspiration to everyone.

A two-year Big Lottery Community Fund project, DSSC also explored different approaches to engaging and working with participants – schools and community groups, young and old, people who had lived here for generations and those who came here only recently. It also drew in politicians and local authorities to help create local community plans that will outlive the project.

The project experimented with ways of expressing the stories and experiences of individuals and groups through the visual arts or written pieces, online work or exhibitions, as well as at community gatherings.  Sharing the outcome of these conversations  will build a rich resource for all who wish to engage with concepts of belonging, home, diversity and inclusion.

Our aim was to engender a shared ownership of identity, belonging and community where everyone thrives, contributes and is happy.

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