Who gets to ask the questions? Croydon Community Survey Making

What would a survey about Croydon Town Centre look like which has been led & codesigned by locals if we got to ask the questions?

Only 5% of people engaged in neighbourhood planning processes in 2020 were based in urban areas.* The reality is that under most definitions, most people aren’t involved when decisions are made about what happens about our neighbourhoods.

 

What would a survey about Croydon Town Centre look like which has been led & codesigned by locals if we got to ask the questions? Would people be more engaged if locals codesign the actual engagement process?

 

Urban design specialists We Made That, and Local arts charity Turf Projects are currently leading on the public engagement for a new strategy for Croydon Town Centre. Unlike traditional surveys, we want our community to help us decide the questions that should be asked.

 

In this creative workshop, we’ll create a community survey about our town centre.

Looking at previous examples, we’ll discuss and decide the questions that need to be asked and answered, making sure they target the issues communities need to explore.

Thinking about gaming techniques like ‘choose your own adventure’, we’ll create ways to give feedback in both traditional and non traditional formats, to give accessible, creative, collaborative ways to get involved and bring voices into the conversation who might usually not be heard.

 

This event is part of a series of work by local arts charity Turf Projects, involving the community in the creation of a new strategy for the town centre alongside lead organisation We Made That and Croydon Council in partnership with the GLA. The work is taking place from November until Spring 2024. This workshop is one of a series where we’ll create, review and assess. It is part of a series of engagements exploring how to make Croydon town centre better. Led by urban design specialists We Made That and supported by local arts charity Turf Projects, the events will involve the community in the creation of a new strategy for the town centre which Croydon Council is planning in partnership with the GLA. The work is taking place from November 2023 until Spring 2024.

 

ABOUT THE CROYDON TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION STRATEGY:

Croydon Council is creating a new strategy to underpin the regeneration programmes being planned for the town centre. Croydon’s community groups, residents and businesses will be key to shaping Croydon’s vision.

A multi-disciplinary team led by consultants We Made That, experts in urban strategy, design and infrastructure, has been appointed to create a varied programme of community-led activities where participants will be able to influence the vision and strategy.

A programme of workshops to explore the future of Croydon town centre offers residents, businesses and partners the opportunity to get involved.

As we gather people’s ideas and emerging visions, this will be shared in the Croydon Urban Room website and physical space, which is open to the public. Visit the Croydon Urban Room website for more information, and to get involved please email us at info@croydonurbanroom.com

 

KEY ACCESS INFO:

  • To help us support you best, please let us know if you have any access needs when booking.
  • This workshop involves reading & writing, but there’ll be Turf team on hand if you need help.
  • For access info about getting to Turf and the Turf space, click here.

 

WORKSHOP CODE:

Turf aims to be a space where all are welcomed & respected. We ask all attendees to align with this spirit when booking and support us in creating a welcoming & collaborative atmosphere together. We ask that everyone is;

  • Kind and respectful in our language and behaviour towards others. Turf is a space which is anti racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.
  • Considerate of others’ time; allowing others room to speak & engage.
  • Respectful of the space itself as belonging to many people, treating the space & objects with care.

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