By Zoe Nile
On Thursday 7th February I joined POP+ Trustees, Network of Network panelists, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation representatives and fellow grant fund recipients in the Mayor’s Parlour, Devonport Guildhall to develop ideas and create conversations around the work going on in and around Plymouth relating to our organisations and the Esmee Fairbairn Funding Plymouth has received over the last year.
Hannah and John, of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (EFF), were keen to talk to participants about how the EFF is now challenging their old ways and are encouraging more thought, reflection and experimentation, using space for creative exchange of ideas and fostering freedom and trust.
The participants were arranged in groups and given the chance to input into several different questions created by EF and enhanced by Susan Moores of POP+. These were:
- How has Plymouth changed over the last year? Can any of that change be a direct result of money received?
- What do we need to think about/do differently?
- What do you see as blocks or barriers to that happening?
- What would you like to see more of?
Overall there were very positive responses and constructive and useful thoughts and solutions. A growing harmony through a wide range of organisations, groups and individuals on how the city is beginning to change its mindset and behaviours, understand collaboration over people centered services. Discovering explorative learning as well as supporting and embracing new ideas and change. The notable rise in support from Plymouth City Council was echoed around the room.