Creating Connections 7
Wednesday 19th March, 6 - 8pm, UCL Roberts Foyer, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE
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 evening will be a mix of themed discussions in small groups with more informal chit chat.
March’s event will be of particular value to anyone interested in the following themes:
Evaluation and Impact
This might interest you if you’d like to discuss: how can voluntary and community sector organisations develop rigorous evaluation systems, processes and reliable evidence bases for their projects? What are the right research questions to ask? How can academic researchers and front-line community organisations usefully work together? What are funders looking for? How can technology help us? What methodologies are most suitable? How can academics outside of social sciences and life sciences contribute?
How big infrastructure projects affect local communities
This might interest you if you’d like to discuss: How can academic insights – from built environment, health, engineering, social sciences and more – help local communities faced with big infrastructure projects like HS2? How does campaigning and research inter-relate? Can communities maximise the benefit and minimise the disruption to themselves – if so, how? What can we learn from the history of big developments in the UK and internationally?
The Digital Divide
This might interest you if you’d like to discuss: How can we create better access for people to digital technologies? What are the effects when people don’t have access to computers, broadband, mobile technologies? How does this impact on older people? People on low incomes? Young people? Will new technologies on the horizon bridge or widen the digital divide? What creative approaches can we take?
Sustainability, Building and Engineering
This might interest you if you’d like to discuss: How can small and medium sized community organisations meet funders’ requirements to improve their sustainability? What part can charities and community groups realistically play in reducing carbon emissions? What technical support do they require? How can engineering and built environment departments in a university help meet local community needs? What’s the relationship between health and energy efficiency?
Mental Health and different cultures
This might interest you if you’d like to discuss: Do people from different communities access and experience mental health services in different ways? In what ways are NHS changes equipped to reflect this? What role can community organisations play in helping improve access? By increasing inter-cultural interaction, can we help improve well-being?
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Note that these themes are intended merely as a starting point for finding like-minded people you might want to collaborate with – they are intended for experts, beginners and everyone in between.
To find out more and to book a place, visit uclu.org/forms/creating-connections-7-registration (Deadline for booking: 9am Monday 17th March)
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
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