Unspun Heroes: An Example of Intergenerational Learning and Community Action
According to community support advocates in XX, YY there are few formal opportunities for adult continuing education available locally. This challenges notions of community health, which outline that healthy communities are among other factors, identified as communities in which all members are highly interconnected and supported. The Unspun Heroes is an informal fibre arts group committed to learning and developing skills related to local fibre arts culture. Through an exploration of 16 Heroes’ experiences over the course of one year, it was determined that the Heroes community serves as an informal Community of Practice which supports local community cohesion, intergenerational learning and positive community action. In this research, the roles and responsibilities of the members within the CoP, as well as the characteristics of the CoP, are discussed with the aim of presenting key factors that support sustaining Communities of Practice, that in turn support community wellbeing. We identified six factors characterising the CoP, which contributed to its longevity: adherence to tradition, stress-busting, mentoring, belonging to something bigger, sharing and social connections.
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