By Amanda Eleftheriades-Sherry,
Clydesider Creative director
Clydesider Creative is delighted to share our first community report – the ‘Vale in Focus.’
It brings together a diverse mix of voices and ideas about the quality of life, place and space in central Alexandria and is for the local community to use however they wish.
The 32-page document is the culmination of a three-month project between Clydesider Creative, Inclusive Images social enterprise and the Loch Lomond Craft Centre and is part of the Scottish Government’s Place Standard Conversations.
The Place Standard tool is designed to “encourage communities to come together to identify strengths in the local area and help plan priorities” around 14 topic headings.
These topics provided the focus for the ‘Vale in Focus‘ participatory photography workshops which Inclusive Images ran earlier in the year in Alexandria C.E Centre.
The group of nine local people took over 150 photos and then selected and captioned their favourite images which were used to create a Community Exhibition (a small sample of these are shown in the slideshow below).
The exhibition encouraged further debate and discussion and we combined comments from 70 – 80 people who attended both the workshops and the community event with local context and data on each topic, to produce The Vale in Focus report
This was the first time Clydesider Creative had organised a community conversation event so we were delighted with the level of participation and interest from local people.
Hard copies of the report have been given to all the community groups who attended the event and we have left copies in the Loch Lomond Craft Centre, Alexandria Library and with the Vale of Leven Trust. We will also be sending it to local councillors, MPs, MSPs, the Scottish Government and various departments in West Dunbartonshire Council.
We hope the local Alexandria community will find the report useful – we know it is already being used for at least three funding applications. If you or your organisation do put it to use please drop us an email and let us know, we’d love to hear from you.
Most people in West Dunbartonshire know Clydesider Creative through the Clydesider magazine but there is much more to our organisation than the quarterly print publication.
Our team all live locally and we’re committed to not only promoting the positives our area has to offer but also using our community-focused approach to tackle some of the challenges we face. To find out more please follow us on social media or pick up a copy of the next issue of Clydesider, out at the end of July.