Engaging with the right people

Engaging with the right people

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Engaging with the right people
Engaging with the right people

Who do I need to talk to and why?

Working in collaboration with others can be of enormous benefit to your project. There is a wealth of experience, expertise, interest and enthusiasm, often given freely, which can give you energy and direction and help to progress your project. Collaboration can take time but by investing now you can reap the rewards later. Encouraging diversity within your project means that everyone is welcomed and valued and has an opportunity to contribute. Have you considered how to engage with the following groups:

  • Academics and other researchers
  • Community groups in the local area
  • Groups of common interest who may be affected or want to get involved
  • People with ‘protected characteristics’ including young people or ethnically diverse groups

The National Standards for Community Engagement offers a useful guide to how best to go about engagement with a wide range of groups. Think about what you can offer people and what barriers there might be to them participating in your project. You may not be able to solve all the issues but being aware of the challenges other people face can help you design out some of them for example by arranging meetings in accessible venues, providing reassurance to minority groups that they will be welcomed and offering smaller gatherings for people new to the project to help familiarise them with the project.

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