The Soho Foundation project raised its profile with the local community over a lunchtime event at Soho House which was kindly organised by Colin Hanno, the Neighbourhood Manager for Soho Finger and Gib Heath.
Geoff Henderson of Digital Native Academy presented an overview of the project to representatives of the local community who attended the event. He emphasised the aim of the project was to work closely with the local community and help create a more informed dialogue with planning professionals in the spirit of a co-production approach to regeneration.
It was good to see the community engaged in the debate representing an insightful view. The community members highlighted the importance of being involved in the projects rather than “being at the receiving end where things are always being done to them”.
The Soho Foundation is a resource which should be led by the lcoal community and they should have an active input in the development of the website. Nosheen Kosar, Digital Toolkit Project Manager, in attendance at the event has been appointed to communicate and make extensive contacts with residents and stakeholders from the local community.
Thanks to everyone who attended and to Colin for arranging the event, to the excellent Boat House Cafe for providing the delicious food and to the staff at Soho House for providing the venue and for making everyone feel welcome.