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Art Pop-Up with MindSpace Stamford look at community engagement in town

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A project has taken a deeper look into how the Stamford community connects.

Working in partnership with MindSpace Stamford, the Art Pop-Up community engagement team has spent time talking with residents about where they make connections in the town.

The Stamford Connections project, which was supported with NHS and Lincolnshire County Council funding, aims to look at the community’s strengths, rather than what it is missing, to draw a network together.

Sam Roddan, Art Pop-Up director
Sam Roddan, Art Pop-Up director

“It’s definitely an up and coming community, so we have an interest looking for pulls the community not what’s missing.

Sam Roddan, founder of Art Pop-Up, said: “We look at what are the strengths in this community and how do we make them more well known.

“If you draw everything closer together the gaps begin to disappear and everything connects.”

Part of the five steps to mental wellbeing recommended by the NHS include connecting with other people and is encouraged to make a more cohesive society.

Within the town it was discovered that there are more than 200 ways people connect including with various community groups, clubs and organisations.

Art Pop-Up connections engagement leads Nicola Sandall and Lesley Gibson
Art Pop-Up connections engagement leads Nicola Sandall and Lesley Gibson

These are broken down into community, social, volunteering, active and sport, and creative.

“MindSpace, the Arts Centre, our High Street and the town centre are really important on how we connect in Stamford,” said Sam. “Cafés, shops and businesses people really love in Stamford. What’s particularly important is when you walk through the door you are known.”

She added that dog walking and exercise places, such as the Stamford Meadows and Recreation Ground are also key areas listed.

Sam, an artist, said: “Because things have changed since the pandemic in terms of for research there’s a huge amount of things going on which not many people know of.

“It’s how to make sure people know what’s going on in the town. “It is the first time anybody has taken a really good look at the incredible strength of the town. We’ve tried to pull it all together so it’s all there for people interested in getting involved.”

Sam Roddan hosting a workshop with SKDC Arts
Sam Roddan hosting a workshop with SKDC Arts

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