Wednesday 12 December 2012

Cultural diversity

As part of this project, we are aiming to contact many of the diverse cultural communities in Sopwell in order to interview them to hear some of their stories. For some strange reason, Sopwell has attracted rather a large proportion of non-white British communities - far more than the national average - and with a larger than the national average of local authority housing, has been labelled "a deprived area". You would think that this would attract attention to the project in the local newspapers but still no mention of our good news! What does one have to do to get publicity in St Albans? Any advice would be appreciated.

We have many people from Bangladesh who I am anxious to interview. I have been told that a large concentration of them in our area only have a spoken language, so our aim of sending out leaflets in various languages would be rather pointless. One idea we have had is to go into the local primary schools -Mandeville, St Adrian's and St Peter's - and encourage the children to explain about the project and maybe interview their parents or grandparents. I have already made contact with Mandeville who are very keen to participate. I am sure the children will love using all the equipment. We will start planning this in the New Year.

In the meantime if anyone wishes to contribute to the blog, suggest contacts or even has a story to tell which relates to the project, please do get in touch.

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