Project updates

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An autumn of action

As 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 … Continue reading

Challenge Prize launch

Today, we launched the project’s East Preston Challenge – offering people across Deepdale, Ribbleton and St Matthew’s the chance to win cash prizes for ideas that help make East Preston a place to be proud of. Inspired by the stories that Speak Up Preston’s team of community journalists have been uncovering, the East Preston Challenge … Continue reading

A new home for Speak Up Preston’s media

Here’s a lovely thing: it’s the (very nearly) completed web platform for the media – video, audio, images and text – being created by our community journalists in East Preston. The site brings together all of the stories being captured and categorises them according to the neighbourhood they’re relevant to. There’s also a nice Geotagging … Continue reading

New partnerships in St Matthew’s

The first area that Speak Up’s been focussing on has been the St Matthew’s ward in East Preston. We’ve found a warm welcome – not least from a new organisation called “FOFS” (Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s), which has very recently been set up by a group of volunteers following the city council’s decision … Continue reading

Our first report goes live

The first of the reports created by Speak Up Preston’s new community journalists has gone live today on the Blog Preston website. This is just the first of many reports that we hope will highlight local issues – positive and negative – over the coming months, and has been created by the first of our … Continue reading

What we know now…

Reflecting on our trip to Manchester on Thursday, here are a few of the things we discovered from a good day with the Neighbourhood Challenge team: Our neighbours in Darwen are doing some really exciting things – as are all the projects – but, being as they’re closest, we must go and see them. It … Continue reading

Explaining ourselves

We’ve been stuggling, at times, to explain to everyone we meet exactly what we’re up to. Everyone’s busy, and compressing what is quite a complex project into a few short minutes hasn’t proved easy. But we’re getting there – helped along by a whizzy on-line tool we’ve discovered called Prezi. This was the hub of … Continue reading

Our first graduates hit the streets

Yesterday was graduation day for our first cohort of community journalists. Following a month of working with us, their first report will air on tonight’s “Up Your Street” programme at 7pm on Preston FM. Since they started with us, we’ve learned the truth behind a deserted house in a local park; met Brian Blessed; debated … Continue reading

Here we go…

It’s been a bit of a whilwind month here at Preston FM. Since we learnt in mid-February that we’d been successful in the Neighbourhood Challenge, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to put the wheels of a successful project in motion. Along with our partners – Bespoke, CSV and Blog Preston – we’ve been … Continue reading