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Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities programme

News from Catherine Wilton that this excellent programme is recruiting for people who want to make co-production happen in their areas..................

This programme explores the leadership skills that are needed in order to grow and nurture local social capital, build stronger communities and improve health and well-being.  We are looking to recruit leaders who want to be part of a movement for change and to think radically about the challenges and opportunities of an…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 28, 2014 at 12:54 — No Comments

Seminar in Birmingham 'Border disputes - the challenge of time banking'

People might be interested in this forthcoming event.............

Time banking has made a more visible appearance in policy documents since 2010, yet its development and application has been built around two contradictory sets of values. On the one hand, it offers a means by which self-help, within a neo-liberal agenda can be fostered as part of the scaling back of the welfare state. On the other, it offers the hope of salvation for society beleaguered by global neo-liberal forces by…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 22, 2014 at 15:42 — No Comments

Funding for work with young people

Not sure how 'co-production friendly' this fund is, but they do say 'we love hearing about something completely new and different'.......

Blurb from RBS below, good luck if you go for it. Lucie 

Young people have great ideas. Sometimes they just need a little help to turn those ideas into reality. RBS want to help.

We are looking for not-for-profit organisations that share our desire to help young people aged up to 30 years to explore their enterprise potential. Funding…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 22, 2014 at 12:58 — No Comments

Williams' Commission on Wales Public Sector - report out!

Radical and comprehensive, and here's the jolly conclusion:…

Added by Ruth Dineen on January 20, 2014 at 17:13 — 1 Comment

Wales launches a Co-production Implementation Group (fanfare of trumpets and yippetty-yips)

The Wales Co-production Implementation Group, chaired by CMO Ruth Hussey, has its first meeting in Cardiff on 29th January. This will be to begin to establish the what, how and who of implementation. Invitees (all 53 of them) are from all sectors with a focus on co-production practitioners and activists. One of the main tasks will be to find a way to ensure that all voices are heard so that the…


Added by Ruth Dineen on January 17, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Funding for Local Authorities seeking to transform their services

This new fund might be of interest to those of you seeking to get more co-production through commissioning..................

Delivering Differently is helping local authorities to transform their services through the use of new delivery models such as mutuals and voluntary organisations.

Delivering Differently is a joint programme between the Cabinet Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Local…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 15, 2014 at 12:50 — No Comments

Spice are Recruiting!

Be An Agent of Social Transformation

Prevention Matters Time Credits Facilitator, Buckinghamshire

£26-30k pro-rata plus pension

Based in Monks Risborough and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Contract: Full-time fixed term, 1 year

Spice is working in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council to integrate Time Credits into Prevention Matters, an ambitious…


Added by Rosie Farrer on January 14, 2014 at 20:08 — No Comments

nef looking to commission 'public dialogue' specialists

nef is currently delivering a project for the Cabinet Office with funding from Sciencewise. Specific policy issues will be explored with members of the public through a well-being lens.  What does the evidence from well-being science have to say about these specific policy issues, how do the public interpret the evidence, and what specific policy recommendations can be drawn? 

We want to commission a/ some public dialogue experts to help wiht this work. An ITT for the…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 8, 2014 at 16:38 — No Comments

Can arts and cultural organisations help commissioners to get better outcomes for poeple?

The Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP) is a new three year programme funded by the Arts Council to work with the arts and cultural sector and public service commissioners. It will be delivered in partnership by NCVO, nef and NPC. Practice in commissioning arts and cultural organisations to deliver public service outcomes is relatively new but evidence suggests that commissioning in this way can improve the effectiveness of services and generate great outcomes for the people…


Added by Lucie Stephens on January 7, 2014 at 13:58 — No Comments

Social Investment fund for arts sector

this might be a source of future funding for some of you.....

Investing for Good and Cabinet Office are developing a new social investment fund for the arts sector. The Arts Ventures Fund will open in 2014 and aims to increase access to and participation in arts and culture amongst older people, establish education projects for young people and support projects in the wider community.

Arts Ventures Fund

To support the new Arts Ventures Fund, Investing for Good,…


Added by Lucie Stephens on December 15, 2013 at 21:48 — No Comments

Community engagement & health

New report on community engagement & health inequalities report: an interesting summary...…


Added by Ruth Dineen on December 6, 2013 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Co-production: links to learning and assessment resources

Hello fellow co-producers. As a newbie to the list I thought you'd be interested in being referred to some free resources in the co-production/new democracy/partnerships areas. Most of this came about from a study of 80 practitioners involved at some level in co-production. (then called empowerment practitioners)…


Added by Jim Simpson on November 25, 2013 at 15:31 — No Comments

Co-production, empowerment and a space to think

I’ve been thinking about co-production, spurred on as always by the brilliant Co-production Network.  And I’ve been wondering why I feel so uncomfortable about the language of ‘empowerment’.

I have come to two conclusions.  The first is philosophical.  The ‘empowerment’ language began to seep into public discourse during the Blair years, where the government of the day had a very hazy idea of the philosophy of power.

The truth is that it is not in our gift to give people…


Added by David Boyle on November 22, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Co-production in mental health services

Today nef publishes a new report, Co-production in mental health: A literature review.

We found that when mental health services were co-produced, those services were more effective for the people using them and they experienced:

  • An improved sense of belonging to local groups and networks.
  • Reduced stigma.
  • Increased skills…

Added by Lucie Stephens on November 20, 2013 at 15:57 — No Comments

Funding for activity with young people

The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, a new funding stream through the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, has up to £2m to help grow…


Added by Lucie Stephens on November 11, 2013 at 10:48 — No Comments

Youth Voices in politics and lobbying - event with Latimer Creative! Thursday morning this week.

We believe that young people should be at the heart of the discussion of youth issues. 

Youth Voices provides a platform for young people to engage with…


Added by Sarah Lyall on November 11, 2013 at 10:43 — No Comments

Turning Point recruiting for Head of Community Engagement, Coproduction & Research

Turning Point are recruiting for someone to provide maternity cover as Head of Community Engagement, Co-production and Research. They're after someone who can:

- Provide leadership for Connected Care projects Turning Point have been commissioned to deliver (projects variously involve delivery of community peer research, stakeholder engagement across the statutory and community sectors, development of service redesign proposals and associated business cases, working with groups of…


Added by Lucie Stephens on November 4, 2013 at 12:21 — No Comments

Co-production - how I worried about doing it differently

“What the hell am I doing? This is going to be a complete disaster.” These were my worst fears in the summer for filming SCIE's new co-production films to support “ Co-production in social care: What it is and how to do it.”

This is a major new guide to co-production which meets the standards for NHS Accreditation. The guide includes 11 films on co-production and there is an At a glance summary, which has been developed in partnership with Think Local, Act Personal. We’ve tried to…


Added by Michael Turner on October 28, 2013 at 15:12 — 1 Comment

Keeping busy in Scotland!

Hi Folks


Sorry for being rather quiet on this site - the Scottish Co-production Network (SCN) has been very busy over the last year, so I haven't been so good at blogging! So a wee update on what we have been up to, and an invitation to get in touch if any of our activities are relevant to you or you'd like to know more!


Our now at 422, and this…


Added by Olivia Hanley on October 28, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments


Yet another November event!  Launch of "CO-CREATING HEALTHY CHANGE" by Mark Drakeford at the Senedd on Thursday 14th November (1.15 - 3.30). 


Don't know much about it other than an invitation so the…


Added by Jane Miller Smith on October 23, 2013 at 14:02 — 1 Comment

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