Workshops Help Reveal Fishwick Insights

21st October 2009

The Bespoke Project saw a flurry of activity last week as we held a series of workshops in and around Callon and Fishwick. The meetings sought to gather information on a number of different topic areas and were led by the project's partner universities.

The security and crime map: post-session

Over three days, Bespoke investigated how people make music and thought about how we could help Fishwick’s musicians reach a wider audience. We met with those who use St Teresa’s Parish Hall to discover more about the facilities on offer there. Bespoke also ran sessions with the Park Ranger Service to investigate how people use the green areas around Fishwick, as well as how they could be used in future.

On Wednesday 14th, we ran a workshop at UCLan’s Sandbox facility to look at how professional and charitable groups raise funds in the area. Bespoke also used the same space to run a couple of meetings around the issue of security.

Both residents and local organisations from the area participated in the workshops during the week, and we’d like to say a BIG Bespoke thank you to everyone who gave their time, and those who provided us with invaluable background information in the run-up to the sessions themselves.

Participants included, in no particular order, Contour Housing, representatives from the Callon Kids’ Club,the Callon Young Reporters, the Ablaze youth group, Unity FM, Lancashire Constabulary’s neighbourhood policing unit, the Park Ranger Service and representatives from the Sports Development team at Preston City Council.

Bespoke now plans to use the information we gathered to come up with some innovative, interesting, useful and potentially groundbreaking design ideas. And, in the spring of next year, we’ll bring these designs to Fishwick to find out what the groups and individuals we’re working with think of them.

However, our recent activities don’t end with last week’s workshops.

Since our last update in August, we’ve been meeting with schools throughout Preston and we now hope to run some workshops for kids from across the city over the course of next year. We’re also still on the hunt for ‘community journalists’ and budding filmmakers who can help us tell the stories that those living in Fishwick care about.

So, if you have a story to tell, make sure you get in touch! You can contact project coordinator John Mills or call him on 01772 895727.


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