5th June - 2nd July 2017
The Corby Cube, Entrance Foyer, George Street, NN17 1QG
Corby Borough Council aims to work in partnership with our local organisations and photovoice is an innovative method to engage with different community groups to represent what really matters to them through the medium of photography.
Four customers from the Corby LIVE team at Northamptonshire Adult Social Services were the first participants in the Corby Photovoice project facilitated by the Neighbourhood Management Team at Corby Borough Council. The Corby LIVE team work with adults with learning disabilities to have a person centred service that will raise customer learning and employment aspirations, provide real voluntary and job related opportunities and encourage our customers to be the best they can be.
The Corby LIVE (Learning, Independence, Volunteering, Employment) team provide real opportunities for work and volunteering in the local area, vocational training, development plans and can also provide vocational profiling and look for employment for 16 hours or less for our customers.
The display in the Cube foyer includes participants’ photographs they have chosen to share, alongside some images of the photovoice process. Favourite places are captured in and around Corby Old Village and also at East Carlton Park. There will also be a private exhibition opening event for family and friends.
Corby Borough Council is the first local authority to lead facilitating community engagement through utilising the photovoice method.
Photography is a highly flexible tool that crosses cultural and linguistic barriers, and can be adapted to all abilities. Its power lies in its dual role as both art form and way to record facts. It provides an accessible way to describe realities, communicate perspectives, and raise awareness of social and global issues. Its low cost and ease of dissemination encourages sharing and increases the potential to generate dialogue and discussion.
“Not everyone is able to engage with us easily through traditional methods and my hope is for Corby Photovoice projects to continue to offer an alternative method of communication that has the potential to reach a wider range of Corby residents. The Corby LIVE team have been a brilliant support in our campaigns around litter and have been a fantastic group to start working with on this project”.
Lizzie Hudson, Community Engagement & Business Support Officer, Corby Borough Council
Corby Photovoice was inspired by the national charity PhotoVoice, of which training from was also undertaken.
“Participatory photography is an ideal medium to raise awareness of the issues of individuals and groups that may experience difficulty in getting their voices heard. PhotoVoice has trained many facilitators to work with a range of organisations across a variety of issues. We are delighted to have been able to support this worthwhile project”.
Nic Pursey, Institutional Support, PhotoVoice
For more information please visit www.corby.gov.uk or contact:
Neighbourhood Management: 01536 464603 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Corby LIVE Team at Northamptonshire Adult Social Services: 01536 261066