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Louise’s blog, ‘Everyone is a stranger to begin with’

By 10th October 2019 Blogs, Place

Corra Foundation works alongside nine communities, and a recent event brought people from Falkirk and North Ayrshire areas together. In this blog Community Coordinator Louise reflects on the power of creating a space for conversation.

Everyone is a stranger to begin with, building relationships can be daunting at times for all of us.

At a Corra event where community members shared their work with a room full of strangers, it fed imaginations and inspired others within the room.

Communities from North Ayrshire and Falkirk expressed an interest in meeting with one another again as they had “questions they wanted to ask”.

Community Coordinators provided the space to allow this to happen, bringing both communities together with their families to chat and play. Having met only once before did not stop immediate conversations and asking for advice, before the coffee had even been poured. These communities were no longer strangers.

Professionals can build many relationships in communities and support with ideas and challenges however speaking to a peer, someone “who’s been there done that” seems to carry more trust and value to people when they are making decisions for their community.

One community member from Falkirk said “I took a lot of good ideas from the conversations, I really had a lovely time and hope to meet up again in the future.”

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