Students work with residents

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Students at Sheffield University are working with residents to discover what helps diverse communities thrive.

They are working with residents in Sharrow, Heeley and Nether Edge to collect the stories of their lives to reveal their communities’ issues.

The students will publish findings and stories and produce a toolkit for others to develop projects elsewhere.

The module is part of Storying Sheffield, developed by Prof Brendan Stone from the university’s English school, which focuses on partnerships between students and communities, often working to help people on society’s margins be heard.

He said: “We wanted to build knowledge with residents and stakeholders about the functioning of diverse communities and, in particular, build understandings about how and why such communities thrive, or sometimes don’t.”