Listening Deeply

May 14th, 2014

Listening Deeply

What does it mean to listen deeply? This is a question we hope to answer over the next five months. We are dedicating this time to listen to our neighbours about their experiences of community in Wapping and Tower Hamlets.

Studies and newspaper articles often paint a picture of Tower Hamlets as one of the most crowded and unequal boroughs in London. In our three years in Wapping we have also learned that we live in a welcoming place with a rich history of deep-rooted community.

Our community listening project aims to:
Deepen our reflection on lived experiences of our local community, both positive and negative
Build relationships by enriching our conversations with colleagues in parishes, other ministries and charities so we can work more effectively together to serve our neighbourhood and borough
Open spaces for collaboration with our neighbours on issues of common concern to help both ourselves and our neighbours to creatively fulfill our mission
Explore actions that we can take to respond to needs as we shape our planning and priorities for future work.

During the months of May and June 2014, we will be interviewing 15-25 members of our local community, including people working for community organisations. These interviews will focus on how people experience community and how our Centre can play a role in creating a more welcoming community. In September we will publish a report of our findings as part of public event.

What does it means to be part of community? We look forward to finding out more with you.

We will be conducting community interviews during the months of May and June. If you are interested in being interviewed or know someone who would be, please get in touch with Jonathan Smith (Project Coordinator) at 079 0325 9913 or via e-mail at