Des Halestrap treated us to a wonderful example of creative conversations in Pendeford, networking for older people.
A group of neighbours wanted to get together with a cup of tea and just talk about whetever came in to their heads. It has grown from a group of 6 to around 20, regularly coming together on Wednesday afternoons at the Oasis Cafe.
This idea, a fantastic example of a citizen / people led project prompted a number of questions (from people who I assume had their ‘professional’ heads on):
- Are the discussions recorded?
- Are there rules?
- Are there themes for the discussions?
- How do you advertise?
Thankfully no, the discussions aren’t recorded. There are no rules or themes to restrict discussion. There is no advertising, the group has grown through word of mouth.
Bureaucrats steer clear – these kinds of projects can be broken if we interfere!