Part of the structure of this project is to have “Strategic Listeners” listening to the local experience so that there will be a long term impact on policy making/relationships between the Police and local communities. The first of these Strategic Listening events took place in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 30th April 2014.
Hosted by List MSP Humza Yusaf, with representation from the Police, Creative Scotland, Housing and Regeneration, Academia and the local community, a wide ranging debate touched on relationships with young people and cultural minorities. The strategic listeners heard about the dramatic reduction in crime in the Govan area, the achievements of the year of “listening” that has resulted in the We Are Listening Project, and the work that is happening currently using creative and culturally sensitive asset based approaches.
The group was fascinated to hear developments with the Govan Fair and especially the return of the Fairground after a decade of “stand off” between the police and the community representatives.
The next Strategic Listening event will take the form of a “learning journey” where key policy makers will come to Govan to see and hear for themselves – first hand – and straight from the horses mouth!
Watch this space for news about when this event will take place – provisionally scheduled for the autumn of 2014