Case Study - Walkie Talkies

Walkie Talkies

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The Walkie Talkies scheme was successfully piloted in Swanscombe following funding from Urban's Community Chest. The scheme was then re-funded from the end of September 2006 to March 2008.

The scheme helps to employ two local residents to help spread a positive regeneration message and distribute current local community news. The Walkie Talkies act as walking notice boards, giving out information, picking up on people’s concerns and breaking down the barriers that currently prevent people from engaging in community life. Informally consulting with the local community the Walkie Talkies find out what events, activities and facilities people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are really keen to have provided, feeding back this information to Groundwork.

The Walkie Talkies have established social networks within their local community and can be found visiting shops, pubs, clubs and other popular local places to meet and talk to as many local people as they can. The Walkie Talkies hold information on local facilities, events, education and training courses, activities for children and young people, community consultations, local planning issues and lots more.

Following the success of Walkie Talkies in Swanscombe, we now have two new Walkie Talkies based in the Westcourt area of Gravesend, again funded by Urban's Community Chest. The Walkie Talkies are supported by the Westcourt Community Forum and the Community Safety Action Group.

If you see our Walkie Talkies please feel free to stop them and discuss any issues that you may have about your local community, they are always happy to help!


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