Welcome! This blog has been created to tell our story. It’s a story of our journey to connect things together in our neighbourhood. Our neighbourhood is Firs & Bromford, an outer estate in Hodge Hill in the East of Birmingham.
(A skyline view of Firs & Bromford taken from the soon to be demolished Warstone Tower, Summer 2019)
We are a group of people who want to nurture community by getting out onto our streets to actively find creative ways to connect together people, places, groups, ideas, energy, hopes and dreams. It’s that simple…or is it?
For us Street Connecting is…
- Gathering a group of natural connectors, and working as a team to find creative ways to connect with our neighbours. This is what we call ‘hunting the edges’.
- Developing ways to bring people together at micro level events focusing on 100-200 households. These take the form of a street party led by local hosts.
- Having Good Life Conversations with our neighbours to unearth their gifts, talents and skills, and identifying ways these could be offered and shared with others
- In particular asking the question ‘If we could find 1 or 2 other people in your neighbourhood to help what would you love to make happen?’
- Listening to concerns and fears but following that up with ‘what do you think we can work together to do about it?’
- Giving time to support people who have ideas, and help nurture an ecology of welcoming people, groups and spaces in our community
So this is our collection of stories, reflections, laments, shout outs, and general snapshots of our journey. Enjoy 🙂
Street Connecting in Firs & Bromford is delivered by Open Door Community Foundation Visit ODCF Website and is part of the ‘Together We Can!’ Project working in partnership with Worth Unlimited Visit Worth Unlimited Website and Firs & Bromford Neighbours Together Visit FBNT on Facebook.
Street Connecting is co-funded by Big Lottery Reaching Community and Big Local.