The Women’s Design Service (WDS) is currently running a project to set up Women’s Design Groups in 12 London boroughs, helping women to engage in the formal planning process and acting as a focal point for them to come together to improve their local environment.
Croydon is one of the boroughs in the project’s second wave. I found out about the group when I went to the launch of the Croydon Women’s Network at the CVA Resource Centre.
Since then, members have taken part in several consultations on Croydon Council planning and strategy proposals, both in person at public meetings and by sending in formal responses.
We have also been using community radio techniques. In February, I recorded an interview with Georgia Wrighton, the WDS Community Development Worker who set up the Croydon group [update: the project co-ordinator is now Amy Kennedy]. We went out and about in Croydon collecting voxpops (short anonymous interviews) about public toilets in the area. (I also joined a meeting of the Barnet WDG, and interviewed some of their members.)
The items were broadcast on Wednesday 27th January as part of a regular online broadcast organised by the charity Women’s Radio Group (WRG). Click on the links below to listen.
Audio links – all in MP3 format
~ Interview with Georgia Wrighton, Women’s Design Service (4′ 28″)
~ Voxpops on public conveniences (2′ 23″)
~ Interview with members of the Barnet Women’s Design Group (3′ 36″)