We are here to support you in setting up your own Community Conversation. Simply click the ‘Register a Community Conversation in your area’ button on our website, fill in the form and we will be in touch! You can also watch our video guide on setting up your Community Conversation.
Setting up a Zoom account is quick and easy, and we can support you in doing this if needed. We will also give you 3 months access to a Zoom Pro account, for you to get started hosting your Community Conversation. After this, you will need to pay for your own subscription which is a small fee of £11.99/month. You will also receive from us:
A dedicated webpage on Community Conversation website
A dedicated Community Conversation email address
A seat on the panel for each quarterly digital Community Conference
Personalised branding for your Community Conversation
General and technical support from the Community Conversation team
This will depend on your availability and your community’s availability. The first Community Conversation, that was set up in Collingham, occurs every Thursday from 6-7pm. We have found evening conversations work well, and as the conversation is recorded, people who can’t attend at 6pm can watch it later at their convenience.
We have found that 1 hour is the optimal length for a Community Conversation. This allows for some longer discussions to take place but also encourages the conversation to flow at a good pace. Again, this will depend on your own community and can always be altered, but make sure you keep the conversation flowing!
You may choose to format your Community Conversation however you like; however, a typical Community Conversation may involve:
Community round-up: Find out what has been happening in the community from local people and organisations.
Business shout outs: An opportunity for local businesses to update the community on a recent development, or to promote themselves and any offers they may have.
Conversation topic: Either led by a choice of theme or a talk with people who specifically want to address a topic e.g. the local scout leader, member from the parish council etc.
Wrap-up: Finally, a small wrap-up of the conversation from the host.
You can choose to use this format, an adapted version of it, or make up your own format! Every Community Conversation will differ, and we encourage you to get creative and report back to us on your successes and failures; the important aspect is that all sections of the community are included and represented equally.