Community engagement is all about bringing people together to work towards a common goal, and in the case of Stalled Spaces that goal is the improvement of a stalled or under utilised space for a productive use.
More than the access to land and material resources, it is the enthusiasm and ambition of the people involved that drives the success of community projects.
It is therefore key that these stakeholders and champions are identified from the beginning and made part of projects.
There is extensive guidance available online on how to engage communities. A few pointers are listed below:
For Stalled Spaces projects it is also crucial to inform and involve local residents around the project site and foster their support of the initiative.
Buy-in from local residents can also enhance safety/security and reduce the risk of vandalism.