One of the great challenges in our neighbourhood is spatial segregation created by the main road. Often people don't know what's going on in the area, or they feel disconnected. Whilst online tools are great they don't reach everyone in, so we want to update the traditional idea of the community noticeboard and create a series of beautifully-designed information points around the area that will be visible to everyone who lives here or uses the high street.
We'll share information about local services, events and opportunities for local engagement and consultation on the many changes happening. We'll also create a strong visual identity that will hopefully help people feel a greater sense of attachment to a disparate neighbourhood.
We'll also create an online version of the noticeboard each month that can be shared more widely.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
New Cross is a very diverse area. Around 50% of the population was born outside the UK and there is a large proportion of social housing. While we have successfully been using Twitter and Tumblr to get more people involved in and aware of the changes and developments happening here, we recognise that not everyone uses these channels of communication. We want to make sure we offer everyone the opportunity to feed back to us on the plan we are developing, as well as help people to support local events and businesses.
By creating a network of beautiful and well-maintained noticeboards throughout New Cross we would hope to support the creation of a greater sense of cohesive identity throughout the area. This, along with the potential for greater involvement in community events and issues through awareness-raising, could in the long run could lead to greater levels of social interaction, support and fulfilment within the geographical area.
Steps to get it done:
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