Community engagement

Keep scrolling down this page to get up to speed with HVM's community engagement projects, or click on library to go HVM's published reports.

Wac Arts: engaging communities with heritage
HVM was commissioned by the young people performing arts charity Wac Arts to support the development of a heritage and community engagement plan. We designed and conducted depth stakeholder and user interviews, community focus groups and workshops for trustees, staff and volunteers exploring the concept of Wac Arts' heritage and the heritage of its home The Old Town Hall in Camden. To realise Chief Executive Karen Napier's vision of 'turning the building inside out,' it is Wac Arts' ambition to collect as many (hi)stories through archival and oral history research to celebrate Wac Arts' and The Old Town Hall as a community of place and change-makers. Karen Napier thanked HVM for,

Instigating heritage engagement fever amongst staff and volunteers, who now see the benefits and joy of engaging young people, their families and our wider community in discussions about our shared heritage.

Cuckmere Estuary: research & engagement programme for flood risk management
HVM designed and delivered a significant three year programme of research, engagement and participation on flood risk management for the Cuckmere Estuary in East Sussex. Working with East Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, National Trust and a number of community groups, supported as a DEFRA Pathfinder project, HVM sought to give everyone a voice on an issue of great concern to the local community and economy.  Using a variety of techniques including large-scale consensus building events, small scale specialist workshops and on-street consultation HVM enabled the community to agree a process of long-term management for this iconic landscape.

Hampshire County Council: coastal communities adapting to change (CCATCH-Solent)
Managed by Resources for Change, HVM worked with Hampshire County Council to support communities in the Solent, using a range of engagement and research techniques, including face-to-face depth interviews, community workshops and pop-up engagement events to consider how to effect the change necessary in their area to mitigate local flood risk. The project formed part of a larger European funded project led by the Environment Agency titled ‘Coastal Communities 2150 and Beyond’ (CC2150).

South Downs National Park Authority
In a major social research and community engagement exercise, a series of 9 workshops, informed by a survey and depth interviews, was held across the three counties of the South Downs National Park, Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex for the South Downs National Park Authority from 2011-2013.  With over 400 participants the workshops produced a wealth of evidence on the aspirations people had for the future of the National Park. This integrated body of evidence, along with national policy and drivers, has informed the vision and objectives of the National Park Management Plan and the Local Development Framework. Andrew Lee, Director of Strategy and Policy at the South Downs National Park Authority said,

Anita and Henrietta are positive, responsive, but also very clear in their advice about what will and won’t work being prepared to take risks to test evidence in interesting ways! I’d definitely use HVM again.