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Community Dialogue

Project completed

About Community Dialogue

Community dialogue events created safe spaces for local people to engage in conversations about the things that were important to them. The programme aimed to bring together the voices of local people to discuss identity, diversity and living together. The programme also gave an opportunity for local people to have their voices and stories heard and connect with others across Walsall.

Importance of Community Dialogue

In our diverse society, positive relations between people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures are essential. Community Dialogue creates spaces where people can engage with questions around identity and meet people different from themselves. This enables people to learn from each other and create understanding and trust between people.

Benefits of taking part in Community Dialogue

Community Dialogue generated opportunities for often unheard voices and stories across Walsall to be heard. Through creative sessions, participants expressed their own stories and had the opportunity to learn from others. This project gave participants the opportunity to create stronger connections and friendships across Walsall. 

Project structure

The project was split into 3 phases.

Phase 1 - local dialogue

Each group consisted of 13-20 local people. Groups met for 3 Community Dialogue sessions. 
 

During these 3 initial sessions, participants had opportunities to talk about what was important to them in a safe space. This captured their stories and their experiences of living in Walsall.

Phase 2 - linked dialogue

Following the initial 3 Community Dialogue sessions, each group was linked with another group, taking part in an additional 3 Community Dialogue sessions together.

 

In the linked phase of the dialogue sessions, people had opportunities to share conversations across groups. These encounters led to opportunities for relationships and trust to be developed through sharing experiences and working together.

 

Throughout the process, feedback was recorded to ensure that there was a pathway for voices to be heard and connection to people and services that can support to make a difference.

Phase 3 - final showcase 

This gave participants and The Faith and Belief Forum an opportunity to share their experiences and stories with a wider network of people across Walsall.

Feedback from participants

‘It’s a really good integration project, it’s nice to talk with different people, to get to know each other better and to do different activities.’

‘Good project, great ideas, exceptional communicator, ideal for getting to know people and make friends. The activities of the project are very interesting and there’s a pleasant atmosphere.’

‘Lovely to meet new people and find out about new skills.’

Get in touch

To find out more, please contact Daisy King at daisy@faithbeliefforum.org​

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