The project, funded by Walsall For All and The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, was designed to bring people together from different parts of Walsall to engage in conversations about identity, diversity, belonging and living together.
Volunteer Community Connectors from across Walsall were trained to facilitate a series of dialogue sessions between their own community and a group from another community.
Highlights from the project have included seeing friendships develop between groups from backgrounds that had never met before, connections that will continue well beyond the end of the project. Similarly, Community Connectors have developed their confidence in delivering online dialogue and, inspired by the project, participants have gone on to set up their own initiatives such as online groups and podcasts. We are excited about Walsall’s diverse communities continuing to work together and we would like to thank everybody who’s been involved with making this project a success.For more details on this project
The project began in 2019 but was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We then redesigned the project to be a COVID-safe online project in Phase 2:
In Phase 1 we achieved:
In Phase 2 we achieved:
The dialogues were split up into a series of 3 sessions, with each session focusing on a different theme:
1st Theme: “How are you?”
2nd Theme: “Who are we?
3rd Theme: “How can we live together?”
After the first sessions groups were paired with other communities in order to take part in Linked Dialogue Sessions.
These sessions enabled groups from different parts of Walsall to meet one another and to engage in dialogue about identity, community and living together.
Following the official dialogues, participants were also invited to participated in creative art dialogue sessions.
A huge thank you to all the community groups we worked with across both phases.
In Phase 1 we worked with:
In Phase 2 we worked with:
Participants were invited to participate in digital art workshops to explore the themes of the project more creatively. These are a selection of the images that were created in response to a question asking groups about what would help to make Walsall feel like a more welcoming place to them and to everybody.
Click on the below articles to get more insight into the Walsall Dialogue Project.