The first Creating Connections East will be taking place on Tuesday May 13th 6-8pm. Find out more here.
What is Creating Connections?
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. It’s organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit, and Camden Shares.
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, come along. 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 evenings are a mix of themed discussions in small groups with more informal chit chat.
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