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Co-pro Wales - March newsletter

A celebratory final (for now) Newsletter with a whole pile of reasons to be cheerful - and a couple of reasons to feel peeved (but I expect we'll get over it!)

Huge thanks to Noreen who has done such a fab job of creating, collating and editing the Newsletter over the past two years and best wishes…


Added by Ruth Dineen on March 2, 2015 at 22:54 — No Comments

We're recruiting: Public engagement coordinator

We are looking for someone with partnership-building, project management and analytical skills to manage a range of projects to support the involvement of people affected by cancer in our service development and influencing activities.

You will play an important role in Macmillan's Inclusion department, building relationships with individuals and organisations to engage with easy to ignore communities. You will collaborate with others to develop and deliver innovative involvement…


Added by Rebecca Daddow on February 17, 2015 at 12:16 — No Comments

Does co-production need a new social settlement in order to thrive?

People, Planet, Power: Towards a New Social Settlement

Council Room, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Tuesday 17 February 2015, 08:30 – 11:00 am

Starting promptly at 09:00, with breakfast served from 08.30.


Dear all


Please join us for the launch of a major new NEF report, People, Planet, Power: towards a new social settlement.  


This important report sets out…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 20, 2015 at 16:59 — No Comments

London Co-production Network visit the Lambeth GP Food Co-op

The Lambeth GP Food Co-op is a cooperative of patients, doctors, nurses and Lambeth residents who work together to grow food. It is funded by Lambeth Council and NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group. The Co-op began in March 2013, building gardens inside GP surgeries which are designed to enable patients and others to learn how to grow food in a safe and secure environment. They are now working with 10 GP surgeries across the Borough, with new surgeries set to join in 2015/16. The Co-op…


Added by Sarah Lyall on December 18, 2014 at 12:25 — No Comments

Holding our leaders' feet to the fire - co-pro at a tipping point in Wales?

Over the past two years, we have, collectively, helped to build an active and knowledgeable community of practice in Wales, internationally acknowledged and often world-leading.

The result has been a slow but sure shift in the direction of transformative co-production, the first tentative steps towards a realignment of the relationship between state and citizens based on trust, on equal and reciprocal relationships. We have a potentially radical Social Services & Well-being Act, a…


Added by Ruth Dineen on December 1, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Event Invitation: Meaningful Change: Measuring the Impact of Social Action

Spice are delighted to invite you to an event celebrating the impact of social action, to mark the publication of an 18 month externalevaluation of Spice Time Credits.

Join us for an overview of the proven outcomes of Spice Time Credits, followed by a panel discussion on impacts of social action.

Hear from practitioners, funders and policy-makers about their perspective on impact measurement and addressing some of…


Added by Rosie Farrer on November 24, 2014 at 17:08 — 2 Comments

Platforms for social support

We are currently undertaking a small research project at Community Links looking at 'platforms' (these can be events, spaces, organisations etc.) that encourage the conditions for care and support without being explicitly aimed at such an outcome.

A good example of this could be the school gates: parents meet each other, form relationships and then might be mutually supportive without ever having had…


Added by Luke Price on November 24, 2014 at 12:48 — 1 Comment

Over 100 supporting a Wales Co-production Network...join us!

More than 100 organisations and individuals have pledged support for our proposal to establish a Co-production Network for Wales. They include the Care Council, the Bevan Commission, Public Health Wales, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Wales Public Services 2025, the Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Royal College of Physicians, our Sustainability Commissioner and Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood. And a raft of third sector organisations, local authorities and academics. Please spread the word:…


Added by Ruth Dineen on November 16, 2014 at 11:21 — No Comments

Responses to Austerity

At nef we want to find out how individuals, communities, organisations and institutions (including local authorities and services) have reacted to the programme of austerity which began in 2010. With the support of Barrow Cadbury Trust and the City Bridge Trust, we are conducting research into Responses to austerity.

If you know of any people or organisations responding to austerity in interesting ways, please fill out the survey.

Our previous work focused…


Added by Lucie Stephens on November 11, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Festival of Community Psychology

Please come along to our Festival of Community Psychology and show your support for creating a different psychology in the UK - a psychology that recognises the impact of exclusion, marginalization and inequality on well-being. A psychology that transforms the structural conditions of society that cause distress. A psychology…

Added by Lucie Stephens on November 6, 2014 at 11:26 — No Comments

Hi, everyone

My first post, Google

Added by Felix Howard on October 21, 2014 at 20:23 — No Comments

Spice conference: Change That Is Meaningful (14th November)

A one-day conference hosted by Spice. Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL. Friday 14th November 2014, 10am-4pm. To book please go to:  Places are free but limited so book now to secure your ticket!




Added by Noreen Blanluet on October 7, 2014 at 17:44 — No Comments

Wales NHS returns to Bevanite collectivism (maybe!)

The Welsh Government have just launched their Prudent Healthcare strategy – intended to save the NHS in Wales.

And here’s an interesting thing…fresh from his appearance in our radical new Social Services & Well-being Act (Wales), the glorious Edgar Cahn pops up again in our Health Minister’s introduction:…


Added by Ruth Dineen on October 6, 2014 at 13:33 — No Comments

New co-production blog

The Research Exchange for the Social Sciences (RESS) at the University of Sheffield has just launched a new ‘Co-production Blog’. It is particularly valuable for people doing co-produced research but I'm sure will also have content relevant to wider co-production practice. 

You can check it out at ;

Added by Lucie Stephens on September 23, 2014 at 10:26 — No Comments

Defining coproduction

Hi everyone

Here's the link to a short blog on defining coproduction that I wrote a couple of months ago.

Added by Sonia Bussu on September 5, 2014 at 9:55 — No Comments

Webinar on commissioning and community engagement

DCLG and the Public Service Transformation Network are running a webinar this Monday at 2pm on engaging communities in commissioning: you can sign up here for more details.

Added by Julia on August 15, 2014 at 9:55 — No Comments

nef is looking for a new chair for our board of trustees - can you help?

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is the leading radical think-tank in the UK.  Combining a unique remit of research, advocacy, policy development and social innovation, NEF occupies a unique space as a ‘think and do tank’. Working to construct a new economy centred on people and the environment, NEF has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of people around the world.
We are seeking an exceptional person with a demonstrable track record of delivering…

Added by Lucie Stephens on August 13, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

The other Health Minister...

The media, and others, often forget that Wales has a Health Minister of its very own. And he's a co-production champion. Feel free to comment on today's statement from the Institute of Welsh Affairs:

Added by Ruth Dineen on August 12, 2014 at 8:44 — No Comments

Love - a dangerous game?

Powerful blog by Dave Horton, community worker and director of Action in Caerau-Ely, a sprawling suberb of Cardiff where he lives with his family. Raises profound questions about what we mean when we commit to co-production..

Added by Ruth Dineen on August 9, 2014 at 21:08 — No Comments

Asset-Mapping Wales

We're working with Participation Cymru to create an Asset Map of co-production in Wales - and to get your support to keep the pressure on the Welsh Government to deliver on their co-pro commitments (they are doing exceptionally well so far I must say!). If you live or work in Tom Jones country, please help us by completing our 5 minute survey - - part of our collective strategy to make…


Added by Ruth Dineen on July 21, 2014 at 20:27 — No Comments

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