Following on from our time in Bude last summer finding out about the numerous and exciting initiatives blossoming in the town and interviewing locals, the past couple of months have seen us delivering a series of workshops here. These climate change workshops used the toolkits we created in partnership with the Bude Climate Partnership. The sessions were an absolute pleasure and involved our participants in watching a series of local digital stories, followed by some lovely sharing and opportunities for learning.
As with all our work, the very nature of sharing our stories meant that connections were made and relationships were deepened and formed. There is such value in getting together to share with each other in this way, especially after the last couple of years of relative isolation. Although we were discussing some quite complex themes, there was lots of laughter and it was wonderful to witness so many exchanges of experiences, ideas and knowledge. We will miss our Mondays in Bude and are so pleased we could be part of this pilot project. We’ve made this short film to document these sessions.
The culmination of our work for Bude Climate Partnership saw us host a public screening of all the films we had made and showcasing of the toolkits at the Methodist Church Hall in Bude. We were overwhelmed with the response, with over 50 locals turning up on a Monday evening to hear stories about their amazing community and the impact of climate change from some very familiar characters. Between films we had moments of sharing which sent the noise level in the hall stratospheric!
Here are what some of the attendees said:
“Reinforced how amazing our community is – resilience, inspirations and how we can work together to tackle issues.”
“I feel even more enthused to contribute to helping the natural environment. The history of Bude was interesting from the older people.”
“It’s given a different perspective on how we’re all affected by climate change, no matter what walk of life.’
“I learned about community groups I hadn’t previously been aware of.”
Thank you to everyone who came to these sessions and helped to shape the future use of these toolkits. Delivering climate change workshops is a challenge, but it feels like stories are the way forward. We have also learnt a lot and the Bude Climate Partnership are now in the process of applying for further funding from the Big Lottery to continue this valuable work.