Creative consultants working on culture and heritage programme Great Place: Lakes and Dales (GPLD) are inviting local people to pop down to a ‘Bob Up’ on September 6 in Skipton.

GPLD is a major new initiative aimed at persuading younger people to stay or move to the area, inspired by the news that there are 44% fewer 16-34 year olds in Craven and the South Lakes than the national average. The project aims to find out more about what keeps people in the area, what makes them leave and why others might chose to come and live here. It is looking for creative ideas to keep the area attractive, vibrant and thriving particularly for 16-34 year olds to live, work and play.

Emily Wilson and France-Leigh Hadrysiak, creative consultants for GPLD, are ‘bobbing up’ all over the Lakes and Dales over the next few months and would like to talk to residents, business owners, community leaders and all those in between about what the current creative offer is for the area and how that could be enhanced to help meet the project aims.

‘Bob Ups’ take place on the first Thursday of every month, with the next one to be held at Skipton Library between 2pm and 6pm on September 6.

Said France-Leigh: “These ‘Bob Up’ events are a chance to introduce yourself, share your ideas and tell us how we could help make them a reality. Start a conversation,

make a connection and begin a journey. By working together we can make this project a success.”

GPLD is a Heritage Lottery and Arts Council England funded programme to use culture and heritage to encourage new generations to live, work and play in the area.

There are lots of strands to the programme, including people looking at digital connectivity, housing options, access to job and business opportunities, researching what younger people think and identifying the arts and creative offer and opportunities of the area.

Details of future Bob Ups and other events can be found on social media. Follow Twitter @GP_LakesDales, Facebook /Great Place: Lakes and Dales or Instagram /greatplace_lakesanddales to keep up to date. You can also email if you have any questions or want to meet and can’t make it to a ‘Bob Up’.

The project is managed via a partnership of local authorities and funding organisations, led by Craven District Council.

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