Let’s Talk

Lithuanian workers near Camborne

We are just working on an exciting new development in our project, Let’s Talk.

This started in west Cornwall about ten years ago and aimed to bring together migrant workers and local communities – who might otherwise not have much contact. We worked with the Diocese of Truro to develop this project and kept a blog about the work which grew into an exhibition and workshops with schools.

Let’s Talk was a simple initiative to bring people together – to ask villages and towns to open Church and community halls and to invite local workers (often living in caravans on farms) to social evenings for a cup of tea and a pasty. We created postcards, posters and fact sheets so that peoplecould communicate and learn more about each other’s cultures.

It worked  well and the postcards were really successful – we’re now producing versions in Arabic, again in collaboration with the Diocese of Truro.

The Commission for Rural Communities wrote a report about Let’s Talk , showcasing it as a national example of good practice.

To see a photogallery in The Guardian, click here.

For another, featuring the photographer Tom Pilston’s work, click here.

Portuguese migrant workers in Bodmin
Portuguese migrant workers in Bodmin