Communities across the city are invited to be inspired about how spaces in their neighbourhoods can be used creatively to build connections with one another.
There are many wonderful examples in the city and beyond where organisations have done this and now Norwich City Council has taken its first step in that direction, with support from other local organisations to take on an empty shop to create its first Pop Up Community Shop.
The shop is already open, in the former bakery at 185 Drayton Road, between 10.30am-4pm, Tuesday to Thursday.
The theme of this pop-up shop is Mile Cross’ past, present and future – an exhibition of old photos sparks conversations about local residents’ memories of the area, whilst other activities provide opportunities to talk about how they experience the area at present, and then explore their hopes for the future and what role they can play.
Local residents and groups are also invited to hold meetups and activities in this space as a way to meet others and promote local activity.
The council hope that the pilot site, a brightly decorated and engaging space – which has proved popular with local residents since opening in early September – will pave the way for an innovative fresh look at the way vacant buildings, under-used community buildings or outdoor spaces can be used to create conversation and connection.
Cllr Karen Davis, cabinet member for social inclusion, said: “We want to encourage and empower people to make the best use of spaces in their neighbourhood. This could be a room in a community centre, a corner of the local library or even a gazebo in a garden.
“These spaces can encourage residents to share their views about their area and create stronger, more connected local communities.
“The first pop-up shop at Mile Cross is a superb example of how engaging and well-used these spaces can quickly become.
“We will continue to look out for opportunities to create and enable temporary community resources, and invite local residents to do the same.”
We would be delighted for any reporters to visit the Mile Cross site on Drayton Road.
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