Exploring a sense of place and belonging with Dorset’s new communities from around the world

Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole in partnership with DEED, would like to apply for funding from the Heritage Fund for a new project working with the new communities of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) to tell the stories of people who are re-shaping their local communities, industries and services.

The project aims to help the wider community, schools and heritage organisations connect better with people from Dorset’s ‘new communities,’ understand the positive benefits of migration and find a common dialogue based on respect.

We would like to set up community heritage co-ordinators to gather stories from people who have come to live, work or study in Dorset over the last 20 years from around the world.  We are looking to gather as many diverse experiences as possible working in the local community, for example, whether you work in public services, health & social care or the NHS; in education or here as a student; running your own business or working for others in retail, hotel & catering, beauty, IT and other numerous jobs and professions that provide vital local services.

We’re interested in your story about where you have lived; why you came here, where you call home; what you do now and how your life has changed while living here including your experiences of this most extraordinary pandemic year, and how you see the future.

Where can we call home?

There might be links to the following themes: family; work; education; health; environment; faith; experiences of discrimination; barriers you’ve overcome; success and personal achievement.
We would like to create learning resources from the stories gathered such as exhibitions, talks and short films so that the wider community, schools and heritage organisations can connect better with people from Dorset’s new communities, understand the positive benefits of migration and find a common dialogue based on respect.
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We would really welcome your comments on this proposal and potentially your partnership. Please feedback any comments to Tony Morrison tony.morrison@citizensadvicebcp.org.uk or Louise Boston-Mammah education@deed.org.uk and add your name, organisation and contact details.