Over a period of around 12 months, researchers and Dore residents worked together to co-design visions for their village as as Age-friendly neighbourhood – a place for residents of all ages to use and enjoy. Our ideas built on the existing strengths of the village and its facilities, and aim to make it accessible and attractive for residents and visitors alike.
At the Dore Show in September 2015, the Dore DWELL group launched their work as a series of ‘Visions’ – eight ideas for the village as a Age-friendly neighbourhood ranging from new pedestrian crossings to a housing strategy in the Neighbourhood Plan. These visions were not intended as final proposals but as possible futures for the village – to imagine how it might look like in 2, 5 or even 10 years’ time.
At the launch, we invited other residents and visitors to vote on which of these eight visions they felt were high, medium, or low priorities using a traffic light voting system. Interest in the DWELL stall was overwhelming, with almost 500 votes cast on the day! The researchers and group members were kept busy answering questions and explaining the thinking behind the visions.
Copies of the DWELL Visions publication were subsequently distributed in shops, cafes and pubs throughout the Dore Village. An electronic (pdf) version of the original publication booklet can be downloaded here.
As well as circulating these ideas to as many residents as possible, the Dore DWELL group carried out discussions with the Dore Village Society to look at how some of these ideas might inform the Neighbourhood Planning process, which is ongoing in the village.