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Create Your Space: Welcome To Our Woods Listening Project

“From little acorns, great oaks grow”

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About the Project ... The Create Your Space Listening Project is a collaborative project hosted by Interlink. It is all about people and organisations working together to increase use of local outdoor spaces for wellbeing, education, leisure and business. We want to find out how local people use and feel about the outdoors, so we can learn from real people’s experiences, what works well and what could be better. From what you tell us, by recording and understanding these experiences, we hope to find out what we can do together to make a positive difference to the environment and wellbeing of local communities.

What will you need to do? You will be asked to share your thoughts on your local area, you can discuss whatever you feel is most important, it can be good or bad, as long as it is true and relatively recent (the last 2 years). ‘Triads’ Later in the survey you will come across some triangles known as ‘triads’. Triads works like a 3D sliding scale, by placing the plot in the corner it means you agree with the statement in that corner, if you agree with all three statements equally place your plot in the middle; the closer the plot is to a statement the more strongly you agree that statment. You can place the plot anywhere within the triangle, or tick the NA box if none of the statements relate to you.

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About the Project (continued) We rely on volunteer collectors who will record experiences like yours. Taking part in the project is completely voluntary. If you don’t wish to take part, don’t feel like you are under any pressure to do so.

If you do want to share your experience, we won't keep any record of your name or address without your permission. One of our trained volunteers can complete the booklet with you or you can fill it out by yourself if you prefer. If you change your mind about your story being included in the project, just contact Beth at Interlink on 01443 846200 and we can delete your story from our records. Please note: If you disclose that you are at risk of harm, necessary safeguarding steps may need to be taken. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Maria at Interlink RCT on  01443 846200.

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1. Imagine you have met a new friend who has never heard of the Rhondda, drawing from your own recent experiences, how would you describe the area? What happened? What did people do? What was the outcome or impact? What had the biggest impact? Write in the box below. Do not worry about grammar or spelling. You can use phrases/bullet points/ sentences. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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2.Give your story a title e.g. If a movie was to be made about your life in your community, what would the title be? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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3. Choose 3 words that describe how you feel about your area?

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4a. Are you satisfied with where you live? Not at all

Very

4b. Explain why you feel this way

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5. On average how much time do you spend outdoors per week? ………………………………………………………. 6. How do you spend your time outdoors? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………


7. What is most important when spending time outdoors? People to go with

Access / safety

Things to do / activities

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8. Do you use the local outdoor space for….

Exercise / Physical health

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Plot on the chart where you feel best describes your experience 9. People get on well and respect each other in my area

Not at all

Yes, a lot

10. I am listened to and able to make a difference in my community Not at all

Yes, a lot

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11b. Is this voluntary work? Yes ☐ No ☐ If yes, with what organisation and how long have you been volunteering? Organisation……………………………………………………………… How long………………………………………. 9


12. Do you have any interests, skills, experience or knowledge that you could share with other people?

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13. Is there any information you need now? E.g. local activities or groups that you’d be interested in ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Demographic Questions 14. What is your postcode? ……………………………………………………………………………………

15. What is your Gender? Male Transgender

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16. What is your age?     

Under 12 16-25 36-45 56-65 Prefer not to say

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17. Would you like to stay in touch? Yes No 17b. If so please let us know how you would like to be contacted: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… . …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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18. Please tick if you would like to Be involved in the project as a Story Collector. Receive information about how you can get involved with activities in your community.

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19. Tell us what you think about the ‘Welcome To Our Woods’ Project ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… . …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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