“To change the conversation, we have to change who is part of it”

People’s Voices in Redcar and Cleveland

In March 2020 People’s Powerhouse went to Redcar and Cleveland, with the sole aim of hearing from people who are often not heard. We listened to people in Dormanstown, South Bank, Eston and Loftus; all communities that surround Middlesbrough, and sit within the boundaries of Redcar and Cleveland local authority.

Partnering with Beyond Housing, we attended the community cinema events they were hosting for their residents. This gave us the opportunity to speak to people about two main things: what do they like most about their community and how can it improve.  The conversations were informal and took place one to one, giving people the time to think about their area and answer questions many had never been asked before.

Throughout the conversations we held in four communities in Redcar and Cleveland it was clear that the level of detail about people’s lives, and their pride and hopes for their areas cannot be captured through traditional polling techniques.

Maintaining this level of communication and conversation with communities would hugely benefit local decision makers, especially when looking at hyper local prioritises. The local authority level list of priorities paints a different and less detailed picture than those at community level. When people talk about their local community they do so with a pride and passion that should be encouraged and nurtured.

We hope to be back in Redcar and Cleveland soon to visit the communities again to continue our conversation.

You can read the full report here.

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