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Funding to gear up for personal health budgets

NHS England has launched a programme for the voluntary and community sector to help them 'gear up' for personal health budgets so they have the knowledge, capacity and expertise to inform their local communities about personal health budgets.

Find out more from the In Control website here



Added by Lucie Stephens on March 12, 2014 at 11:43 — No Comments

support available for innovative criminal justice work

a colleague mentioned this programme and I thought there may be co-production practitioners who could benefit.........

'The StreetCraft Scholarships have been set up to champion the development of innovative frontline criminal justice projects. 

Following the publication of our book …


Added by Lucie Stephens on February 25, 2014 at 11:44 — No Comments

nef is looking for commissioning partners

In 2001 a Gloucestershire GP, Dr Opher developed ‘Artlift’ with local arts and cultural organizations (Create Gloucestershire).  Artlift gives people access to 10 weeks of arts activity on prescription.  After a successful pilot in Dr Ophers practice it is now available in eight surgeries across Gloucestershire (one in each district). Patients are prescribed Artlift for a wide range of reasons including to reduce stress, anxiety or…


Added by Lucie Stephens on February 6, 2014 at 17:43 — No Comments

Call for examples of good practice in home care for older people

SCIE is producing new guidance and looking for case studies. Would be great to see some co-production examples in there.............please respond to the contact listed…

Added by Lucie Stephens on January 31, 2014 at 11:40 — No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

£14m fund has huge opportunities for co-production approaches

The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund is a £14m fund run by Nesta, the UK's Innovation Foundation, working in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

They will provide financial and non-financial support to help grow the impact and reach of innovations that mobilise people's energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.

Current Priorities

They are currently looking for innovative ventures and programmes that use social…


Added by Lucie Stephens on October 21, 2013 at 11:35 — No Comments

Disability not Inability - workshop in Kent this Wednesday

Skillnet group in Kent are running a workshop on Wednesday 16th October between 11.30 and 2.30.

Hear inspirational stories from Skillnet Group and Diversity House.  Find out about Women Empowering Women.  Learn about co-production.

For more information contact Louise Allen, Project Lead - Community Sustainability, Skillnet Group CIC  or 07780985245

Added by Lucie Stephens on October 14, 2013 at 10:04 — No Comments

Grants available to support communities to connect with post offices

The Post Office and DCLG have grants of up to 10,000 available to fund closer working between community groups and local post offices.

Find out more here

The closing date is Friday 18th October.  

Added by Lucie Stephens on October 7, 2013 at 10:51 — No Comments

International Conference on Community Currencies

It's been my experience that many people involved in developing co-production work are linking to community currencies to support their work. If you are this conference might be of interest!

The 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems will be held from the 19th to the…


Added by Lucie Stephens on May 29, 2013 at 20:05 — No Comments

Co-producing recovery from drug and alcohol missuse?

Details of a 'stakeholder consultation event' which might offer opportunities to better co-produce drug and alcohol recovery services.  

'North Yorkshire are in the process of a major reconfiguration/transformation of services for adults who misuse substances (drugs and alcohol). The purpose of the transformation is to develop a more recovery-orientated system for the county, rooted in realising the assets of local communities. This will be achieved by a full,…


Added by Lucie Stephens on March 18, 2013 at 15:10 — No Comments

Community currencies webinars

These might be of interest to people interested in using community currencies to underpin their co-production activities.

John Rogers is running a series of three introductory webinars on the subject of local currencies in March and April.

Full details and booking instructions for "Let's Make Money" at Eventbrite:…


Added by Lucie Stephens on February 28, 2013 at 20:18 — No Comments

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