A network for co-production practitioners
Here in the depths of North Wales we have successfully applied for a small but useful grant off the Big Lottery to start a timebank, called Patchwork Shares. This is principally for the agencies in our personal networks, but as it develops we hope to add a wider range of constituents, from individuals through to public bodies, so that it becomes a mixed and rich "patchwork" of talents!!!
In the last six months there has been a lot of progress in North Wales as we started a network called Patchwork Circles to further Coproduction in the region, and then got the lottery grant done and dusted to give ourselves some resources to work with. Then through a mixture of serendipity and daring we managed to get Edgar Cahn to agree to come to North Wales and he is speaking at a conference in Parc Eirias on the 2nd of May.
We are working hard to get the timebank started at least in outline and are grateful for the support offered by TBUK and Gavin Atkins at Camden Shares, who kindly let us visit and pick his brains.
We are starting small and so far have two members on the database but in the next few weeks we will be travelling around signing up new members and helping them identify their hidden assets, and their secret needs!!
Anybody who wants to know more feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org especially if you want to join and we will be glad to speak to you!!
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