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It’s a community effort
IN The Press of October 8, an article was published headlined, “Acomb’s future in the spotlight”.
This began by reporting the proceedings of a community meeting the Gateway Centre in Acomb, at which residents, traders and friends of Acomb discussed how to rebuild a sense of community.
The article failed to communicate the way in which we fulfilled that task. As the organiser, I felt it focused too much on the content of the discussions rather than on the manner in which we discussed items.
The topics highlighted in the article were discussed at our meeting and many ideas were shared, but there’s nothing new in having meetings and coming up with ideas.
What was missed in the report was the uniqueness of how we came up with the ideas, how we organised ourselves in the meeting and how we facilitated the conversations.
The council has committed a pot of money to fund infrastructure and renewal of property, etc.
Our concern is that this doesn’t solve the underlying issue of sense of community; financial investment does not make community.
Community is about relationship. It is about sharing resources, time and our lives with one another and learning again that ancient art of interdependence. Acomb needs lots of work and investment but all of that needs to flow from a community committed to doing it together not as self-autonomous units working beside each other but as self-sacrificial partners and collaborators.
Rev Ned Lunn, Acomb, York.
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