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Communities and business urged to join digital conversations

Posted onPosted on 23rd Jun

Newark Business Club members have been invited to take part in a new digital community conference, which will be hosted by the club’s Kerri McGarrigle.

The Lincs Community Conference is being organised by Gusto Homes, Collingham, and its chief executive, Steff Wright.

Steff said: “During lockdown, Gusto Homes has supported a weekly digital Community Conversation in Collingham to enable all members of the community to share information and knowledge, alongside discussing how they can make their community more resilient and equitable.

“The success of this has encouraged us to roll out of the Community Conversation to other communities by giving them the tools to set up their own weekly digital conversations.

“This Wednesday, we are holding the first of what will be a monthly Community Conference, with this first one being held in conjunction with the first digital Lincolnshire Show.

“Having this conference linked to the Lincolnshire agricultural show is relevant because, historically, our rural communities grew around farming settlements. Whilst farming has now become mechanised and our communities have become fragmented, the lockdown has resulted in people wanting to rebuild those community links, with increased local trading and better support structures to make our communities stronger and more desirable places for us all to spend our time.”

The keynote speaker is farmer Wilfred Emanuel-Jones, who will explain the hurdles and prejudice he had to overcome in achieving his dream. He is passionate about localism and will also talk about the importance of building communities and local trade.

There will be two discussion sessions with the theme of ‘The Future’. Discussions will encourage those with a vision for the future to lead discussions on their view of the future. A second discussion session focuses on the tools and skills business leaders, employees and communities need to create a post Covid-19 society that is more equitable and sustainable.

To register for the event on Wednesday click