One of Local Level's long term associates, Martin Dudley, has recently become involved with a university research project
Dwell is a three-year project, funded by the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC, and AHRC) to investigate how the design of houses and neighbourhoods can facilitate mobility and well-being – for current and future generations. A key aspect of the research project is the participation of local people within the design and evaluation processes.
Martin has joined a group of local volunteers in Dore, an outlying settlement of Sheffield, and lead by researchers from the University. Martin says that the group is helping to drive the work, using walkabouts, film and photography and design workshops with young people and groups of residents.
"Twenty-seven percent of the Dore population is over 65, and with the recently designated Neighbourhood Forum starting work on a Neighbourhood Plan that will be subject to a referendum, the work of the Dwell project can have a positive outcome as well as helping to inform the process of the research.”
Information on Dwell can be found at http://dwell.group.shef.ac.uk/.