Participate Frome

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By supperclub | Monday, December 16, 2013, 19:40

Participation Frome was

a fantastic Frome project aimed at engaging the people of Frome, in all things

Frome. It took the form of a week of events and workshops geared towards

generating conversation and increasing involvement in local projects and issues

resulting in a positive change in Frome. More than anything the series of

events were a great forum to really listen to the people of Frome, to hear what

is important and to get a feel for what could be done to better the town in

which we all live.


is a distinct feeling of 'US' and 'THEM' in the town, of people who were born

and have lived here their entire lives and new people in the town who have

perhaps moved in during the last ten years, from places like London and

Bristol. One of the key challenges is to work on integrating these groups of

people in Frome and planning activity, which unites these groups. Events like

the Christmas Extravaganza seemed to do this with ease and prove that if an

event is exciting and engaging enough it will bring people together, Frome Town

Council are delighted to have been able to facilitate such a cracking event.

An important message

learnt from Participate Frome, is the things that the public said they would

like to change about Frome; More for young people and for young and old to do

together, removing short stay parking charges, increasing the range of shops,

improving the town centre for pedestrians more community cohesion, safer roads,

better signage, better transport, improvements to the Westway, new pubs in

town, cleaner streets, no dog pooh, better access to the river and Saxonvale.  Whilst Frome Town Council will actively

report on what they are doing to address these issues in the up coming months,

Participate Frome also started local residents talking about what they can do

to address these issues.

It was suggested that

communication could be more clear, open and honest. There are many cases of

misunderstanding in Frome due to lack of freely available information, the

council are already looking at ways to improve this and to find ways to

communicate with people which extend beyond the usual tried and tested methods.  Participate Frome will continue to work

with organisations across the town to improve this including Frome Town


The council will  be launching a  beefed-up community website in the new

year, continue to use Facebook, poster campaigns, and explore how school

newsletters and a great number of community/church notice boards can be used to

communicate key messages to the people of Frome. If you can think of anywhere

else you would like to see information please let them know by emailing Laura


There is a great deal of value

in listening to all the diverse people in Frome, and having places to meet and

discuss ideas together, there were many examples during Participation the week

where, through conversation with two parties, people were able to communicate

their thoughts and ideas around particular issues, reaching a common

understanding of the issues and constructively consider the potential ways


Participate Frome encouraged

lots of thought and talk but it also saw a week of action with events ranging

from a Young Peoples Question Time to a series of Community-led Litter picks

across the town.  Frome residents

of all ages got involved, had their say and started to think about what they

'Can Do' to make Frome an even better place to live and work.

First and foremost Participate

Frome is an ongoing process, if there are things that you want to discuss, hear

more about or simply just have an ear to share your thoughts on life in Frome,

then get in touch with Frome Town Council or Participate Frome, on Facebook,

through their website or by email Laura at




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