Celebrating the art of conversation in Corby

The Art of Conversation project in Corby

The Art of Conversation project in Corby

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People living in supported housing in Corby have taken part in a project celebrating the art of conversation from talk to text.

The project was developed by Inspiring Neighbourhoods and funded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF).

The project really brought to life how the way in which we converse has changed through generations

Cllr Peter McEwan

Residents of George Blackall and Marlow Court, which are supported housing schemes in Corby Council, took part in The Art of Conversation scheme with great enthusiasm.

Liz Carr, community development manager at Inspiring Neighbourhoods CIC, said: “This project was a delight to deliver, the residents were generous with their experiences making it both moving and entertaining.”

The project documents the social journey from talk to text, looking at how conversations and interactions have changed across time and generations.

It brought out the creativity of the residents and revealed what natural raconteurs this generation are.

They used a number of activities, including creating a montage of memories, story-telling, jokes and limericks, to stimulate interest and conversations.

Rachel McGrath, grants director for NCF, said: “Northamptonshire Community Foundation is delighted to support the achievements of Inspiring Neighbourhoods and congratulate the group and participants on a successful project.

“From a recent project visit, the beneficiaries are clearly passionate about the community they live in and sharing their memories and experiences of Corby.

“I hope the Art of Conversation booklet is widely shared for people’s interest.”

The group read their poems and retold their story recently to the mayor of Corby, Cllr Peter McEwan, who listened with great interest.

His enthusiasm for the project was evident and they presented him with a copy of the booklet they have produced as part of the project.

Cllr McEwan said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to attend the Art of Conversation project and meet the residents that were involved.

“The project really brought to life how the way in which we converse has changed through generations and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the residents’ work.

“I would like to thank Inspiring Neighbourhoods and all of our supported housing residents for the chance to get involved in the project.”