Exhibition helping to improve local community and reduce social isolation

Residents in Stockbridge Village in Liverpool have been working on an important project to understand how social isolation can be tackled in their community, as part of the CLAHRC NWC Resilience program

With support from Lancaster University, the group of ten carried out research to gain an insight into how much locals feel a part of their community and the challenges they face. Local residents were interviewed by the group and asked to share stories about their involvement in the community and their relationships with neighbours. 

The research gathered is being shared with Knowsley Council, Villages Housing and the NHS to help them understand the needs of the area better and take action to reduce social isolation. The Stockbridge in Stories booklet contains the captured stories/research from residents, creatively expressed.   

The findings will be displayed on 16 posters with graphic design by Len Grant at an exhibition called Stockbridge in Stories. The exhibition will be held at Huyton Library on Friday 18 January, Friday 22 February and Friday 22 March 2019 from 11am to 4pm.

You will be able to meet the residents and Dr Vivien Holt from Lancaster University, on each day of the exhibition. You can chat to the group about their findings and discuss your views on social connectedness - whether you live in Stockbridge Village or not.

Learning about these local people’s stories may motivate you to get yourself more involved in the community or inspire you to promote community cohesion. Social connectedness can strengthen relationships with neighbours and improve mental wellbeing. 

This exhibition is also part of the Great Emerging Marvellous (GEM) Places Initiative which is funded through Arts Council England. The initiative aims to change the way people think and use libraries by bringing exciting cultural activities, visual art, live theatre, and music, to them. The initiative helps to promote libraries as a great community venue to meet people, learn, and socialise – not just a place to access books and computers.


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