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An autumn of action

Autumn of Action in St MatthewsAs September drew to a close, Speak Up Preston’s “Autumn of Action” campaign kicked off. It’s the culmination of the first six months’ of activity within the Neighbourhood Challenge project and, so far, we’ve been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of local people to lead change in their areas, if not by the numbers that we’ve had engaging.

The process is quite complex to explain – which is maybe why we’ve found it difficult to attract the punters – but it’s shown itself to be adaptable and productive as well as accessible, even to people with no experience at all of this sort of community-based working. The hub of the Autumn of Action is a series of three events – one in each of the neighbourhoods that we’re working in – making use of Open Space Technology to engage people in conversations about actions they want to see, and lead, in their localities.

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