Working in Stoke

We can do more than just tell people to get a job or starve. What is working in Stoke?

At the time of writing, significant national cuts are being announced and more are being proposed locally. Cuts have been taking place in the city for a long time, with the recession and efficiency drives taking their toll on all sectors. Stoke-on-Trent was featured within Channel 4’s coverage of the cuts and the effect they will have on places like ours, which research suggested is the third-least resilient city in the country. The Channel 4 report referred to a ceramics industry ‘long gone’, which is not the case, although it is a much smaller employer now.

As a city that has relied on government support for a very long time – decades if not centuries – cuts naturally make people very nervous. For people in vulnerable positions, the difference in income and support could be critical. Digital links make it possible to show that Stoke is not a remote, desperate outpost but a place with people that can add enormous value to investment.  Stoke-on-Trent is a naturally sustainable city, with creative and industrious communities that would benefit from being aggregated rather than tamed. We have strengths in the creative and digital industries as well as charity, faith and voluntary sector – yet the big picture of Stoke is often seen as the struggle or controversial cooperation between public and private sector giants.

The function of Social Stoke is aggregation, so this page will seek to link to conversations about what works in Stoke as well as ideas for working both within North Staffordshire and further afield. The aim is to collect links, debates, evidence and arguments that might be useful to those looking to assist Stoke, as well as those hoping to inspire and create with the people of the city.

If you want to join in, please leave a comment with any links, tweet @socialstoke or tag a link ‘for:socialstoke’ in delicious.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. killeendesigns
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:43:30

    Great Post!

    Stoke is truly ” The Creative City .”

    We should appreciate her strengths and resilience.


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