Our next event:
Creating Connections 5
Wednesday June 12th, from 6 – 8pm.
1KX, 120 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8BS
Creating Connections brings together UCL staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations, with the aim of finding ways to work together.
If you have an idea for how UCL and London’s communities can work more closely together, or are just curious about how to get started, then make sure you book a place. There will be lots of opportunities to meet people with whom you can collaborate, and you’ll hear about successful projects that have already taken place. The evening is a mix of themed discussions in small groups with more informal chit chat. Refreshments will be provided.
June’s event will be of particular value to anyone interested in the following themes:
Food & Nutrition
… which might include: tackling food poverty – bringing different communities together through food – nutrition and public health – homelessness and nutrition – connecting research with behaviour change – and more …
Entrepreneurship & Young People
…which might include: tapping into entrepreneurial talents of young people – entrepreneurship education – social entrepreneurship and young people – how universities and community organisations can work together on youth entrepreneurship – and more …
Access to Green Spaces
…which might include: green spaces and well–being – green spaces and community cohesion – encouraging community use of green spaces – green spaces and healthy living initiatives – public engagement and green space – and more …
…which might include: access to health services by refugees and asylum seekers – involvement of recent immigrants in local decision making – politics and migration – educational provision for young immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers – and more …
Sharing research and information
…which might include: community use of open data – mapping / presenting data about our communities – use of IT in gathering and analysis of community data – Knowledge Transfer Partnerships between communities and universities – and more …
Note that these themes are intended as a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with – and will be suitable for experts, beginners and everyone in between.
To book, visit http://uclu.org/forms/creating-connections-5-registration (Deadline for booking: 9am Wednesday 5th June)
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please note that the event is not about volunteer recruitment – rather, it’s for community organisations interested in collaborating with UCL Academics, and vice versa. The event is open to organisations from across London, not just Camden.
If you’ve any questions or comments about the event, contact John Braime at email@example.com
Creating Connections is organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit, and Camden Shares.
What people said about the previous Creating Connections:
‘The Creating Connections event was an inspired approach to opening up differing worlds to the opportunities to be found within collaboration and partnership working. It was definitely worth my time in attending and I would recommend it to colleagues.’
Sarah Elie, Executive Director, Somers Town Community Association.
‘Creating Connections provided a great forum to meet with community representatives, third sector organisations and like-minded academics. The connections I made were really useful in honing down which community organisations might be interested in partnering with our research and thinking about how to involve particular groups in different aspects of our research programme.’
Dr Helen Chatterjee, Deputy Director , UCL Museums & Collections
‘The event allowed UCL researchers to learn more about the needs of Camden and opened new relationships to turn ideas into high impact projects. It was the first step of a fascinating journey to match UCL resources to the needs of the community.’ Bernardo Alvares, PhD Student, Department of Immunology.
‘I enjoyed the event and the variety of people to network and chat with.’
Samantha Dodd, Camden Borough Council
‘The Creating Connections event was instrumental in putting our group in contact with Camden community centres. In this way, we exchanged contact addresses and were able to set up visits. So far we have visited three centres: St. Pancras, Somers Town, and Mary Ward. Each reaches different segments of the community and will require different sorts of engagement, and we are in the process of designing and developing small workshops and ‘learning packages’ that will serve as ‘tasters’ to give us feedback concerning what works best, where.’ Professor Elizabeth Graham, Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology, UCL
‘I thought the event was really well facilitated – a great mix of direction mixed with letting the conversations flow. At least 2 of the contacts I made have gone on to help us with project delivery’
Zoë Hammerstone, Timebank