In 2008 a pilot project was established by Fyne Homes to commission a drama presentation that could be delivered to stimulate discussion and encourage issues and aspirations to be feedback in an informal and engaging way. Housing associations in Argyll have a responsibility to ensure that peoples housing needs are met, supporting people to access affordable housing and therefore ensuring the vibrant socio economic mix is sustained in rural communities. Housing associations also have a remit to deliver more than housing and to consider the needs of the wider community.
The drama piece developed by Breeze Productions and was completed in March 2010 following extensive research and outreach interviews with individuals and groups across 3 nominated areas of Argyll: Bute, Campbeltown and Lochfyneside. This film, produced by Brian Barr, outlines how the drama was developed and provides an introduction to Rural People and Places in Argyll and Bute. Argyll and Bute Council are now leading a project to utilise the drama and arts resource to stimulate discussion in local community planning.
The project aims:
To use creative Arts to engage with people on the range of issues affecting and impacting on rural people and rural places to raise awareness of rural issues and open discussion and debate on positive ways forward for rural communities in Scotland.
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