Listening Library

A community library of experiences in a strange and unprecedented time.

About the project

In 2020 and the during the third lockdown in January and February 2021 North Halifax Partnership held conversations with as many people in the community as possible to understand how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted locally, and we invited people to have these conversations too with their own family and friends, and share them with us.

We wanted to encourage people to reflect on how the Covid crisis had affected them in positive ways as well as negative. Read more...

The Covid-19 crisis has had a huge impact on society. It’s hard to think of any other time in living history when everyone across the world has been affected by the same concern. We really have been ‘all in this together’ however it is also true that ‘my’ lockdown experience might have been very different from ‘yours’.

The ugly side of human selfishness was exposed now and again. Yet, the crisis shone a bright light on the strength of our communities, as unprecedented numbers of people volunteered to help out, and applause rang out up and down the country in appreciation of our key workers.

We saw companies put aside competitive focus and profit-making activities as they transformed products and services to overcome shortages in equipment and facilities.

We saw families spending more time together and a renewed discovery of the value of nature and the outdoors as people find they have more time on their hands. We saw people walking, where once they would have used cars or buses. We saw people growing their own vegetables, making their own bread and buying produce from local shops and farms.

Even as restrictions are relaxed and usual service resumes it is likely that social distancing measures will be with us for some time. The Reimagining Communities project was a crucial moment for North Halifax Partnership to revaluate what’s important and a chance to re-think the services we deliver in the ‘new normal’.

North Halifax Partnership is funded to deliver a number of local services in Calderdale. Our vision is ‘a better future for all generations’ and we strive to make sure all of our services are relevant to today’s needs and fit for all the communities we serve.

Approximately 260 people took part in conversations. The library is a collection of some of these conversations.

Add your COnversation

Find someone to talk to and upload your conversation to out Reimagining Communities Listening Library.