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Getting Organised at Longlands House, Barton Hill

Back in January I started door-knocking in Longlands House, one of the four iconic high-rise Barton Hill tower blocks situated around Urban Park. Working my way down from the top floor (I like to work with gravity not against it!), … Continue reading

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Listening in Easton

Every time I door knock and have a chat with someone I write down what they said. But if all that was then just filed away what would the point be? In the longer term the aim is for the … Continue reading

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Who Benefits? part one: Housing

When my family first came to live in the UK from Ireland in the 60s, they rented a flat from a private landlord. I was still a twinkle in their eyes. My sister was probably about 5 years old by … Continue reading

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Take Care in Easton

I have been working at a local estate. The block is near several main roads and a roundabout and has good transport links to the centre. It is within walking distance of several shops and facilities. In general the residents … Continue reading

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Parklife

At the back of the block where I am doorknocking is a “park” / recreation area. It’s not clear when, but at some point most of the play equipment was removed. Since then it has degraded a lot, and at … Continue reading

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ASB in the UK

When listening in communities Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) often comes up as something which concerns people or makes them angry. It’s a really broad term covering a range of behaviours ranging from vaguely annoying to terrifying and life threatening. What … Continue reading

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Children and Young People Take Local Action in Barton Hill

At the end of the summer holidays, I was door knocking and listening to local residents around the Lilla Park area (between Holmes Street and Canterbury Street, towards the Rhubarb Tavern.) I began chatting to some young people, aged from … Continue reading

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Autumn Affair goes ahead in Barton Hill

Hello again! Haven’t blogged nearly enough recently, so thought I’d offer an update of community organising activities in Barton Hill. Firstly, I was happy to support a local resident put on a community arts event, Autumn Affair, on Saturday 13th … Continue reading

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Autumn Newsletter

Not a great deal of time to blog, but I’ve compiled all the listenings over the past year into an Autumn Newsletter. So that’s all the loves,concerns, and ideas for action that people have shared with me. The bigger the … Continue reading

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Fix Our Street?

The website Fix My Street is an interesting idea. It enables individuals to type in their postcode, click on a map and to report a problem like flytipping or rubbish, abandoned / burnt out cars, potholes, and of course dog … Continue reading

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