Farmerados Public Living Room street market

Farmerados Pop-Up Public Living Room is open on Sunday 12th September as part of Wiveliscombe 10 Parishes Festival street market!

Farmerados are folk from the local farming communities in Somerset, including from the Young Farmers Association, who are part of the wider, national Camerados movement. They come together in a Public Living Room at the Wiveliscombe market and will be there this Sunday 12th September!

Folk who are part of the farming communities in Somerset know that farming can sometimes be an isolating life, so decided to set up their Public Living Room, guided by the Camerados Principles, as a place for people to come and be alongside each other on the good days and the tough, with no agenda and no fixing. 

Public Living Rooms are open to everyone and set up by local people who are part of the Camerados movement. They are places to meet new people, have a chat and a cuppa, because sometimes it’s easier to chat to a stranger in the moment, than someone you know. 

Aisling Magill Photography

Becky is a Farmerado from Somerset: “The answer to our problems is each other – this sentence says it all for me. I do believe that when you provide a lovely space for people to meet and connect great moments can occur and friendships can be started. We don’t need an app, we need connection. A Farmerado is a person who is half way between a stranger and a friend on a farm.”

Camerados is a growing movement of people from Baltimore to Blackpool who look out for each other in person and online. Anyone can be a camerado, it’s a behaviour thing. Being a camerado is about how you live on a daily basis and it’s based on six principles that help folk be alongside each other and get through tough times.

Camerados founder, Maff Potts believes that, “The public realm is divided into two types of places: places that sell you stuff and places that fix you. What if there was an agenda-free, no outcomes place where you had permission to be rubbish? It’s amazing what happens when you come in without the intention of trying to fix people. People often have the answers themselves.” 

The first Public Living Room was set up in Sheffield in 2016. Since then folk have been setting them up in their communities across the UK and the world. From hospitals to universities, libraries to community centres, in cafes and even on the Brooklyn Bridge! Over this time, thousands of people have benefitted from connecting and looking out for each other.

Notes to editor:

 

  • Camerados Press enquiries: Mabel Smith –  mabel@camerados.org 07741018181
  • For more about Camerados visit: www.camerados.org 
  • The Camerados movement was founded by Maff Potts in 2015. Maff spent 20 years as CEO of a number of charities and housing associations and rewrote the UK government’s policy for homeless centres. He now believes that real social change comes from social movements. Maff is available for interviews, contact mabel@camerados.org 

Maff’s bio, photos, stories from the movement and a potted history of Camerados are available here.

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