Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Research Into Silent Cities

I have researched into Silent cities in more depth to give me a better understanding of what the organisation actually does.  I have found various things on the Silent Cities website, such as what projects are undergoing and what type of things that the pilot 'Silent Sheffield' is trying to achieve.


Silent cities – public and third sector agencies eg local authorities, the police, education, health trusts, charities etc are not given the space and time to explain their policy on silent issues (homelessness, sex trafficking, immigration etc) and to consult with the public about these issues.

Silent minorities – the isolated and long-term unemployed looking to develop creative skills and re-build their confidence and employability. They are looking for quick wins in a safe environment.

Silent charities – local charities struggle with time, money and creative resources to make their work visible. With the onset of personalisation in the care sector, it is even more important that their offer and values are understood.

Silent talent –  budding film makers, musicians, designers, writers, looking for live briefs and the opportunity to flex their creativity and promote their talents. Volunteering in the third sector is a great way in.

Silent volunteers – many people want to volunteer but these issues are too big for us and besides, life’s changed – people don’t want regular and big commitments.I’m a creative person, what can I do locally to help, at a time and place to suit me?

Silent Cities offer various things to the public, such as affordable office space to let, community media projects, creative volunteering, workshops, branding and marketing, websites, creative promotional videos, also training and apprenticeships to help disadvantaged communities and individuals use social media effectively - from helping older people get online via inter-generational mentoring programmes - to creative apprenticeships and internships at Silent Cities.

Below are a few videos that I found helped me to understand Silent Cities more, and the people that they are trying to reach out too.

Interview With A Big Issue Seller

A Creative Space To Let

A Tour Of The Roundabout Hostel In Sheffield

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