1. New things are coming…

    We’re hard working behind the scenes developing a new Hub that we are really excited about! Watch this space.

    New things are coming…

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  2. Interview: Sue Sheehan, Incredible Edible Lambeth

    We caught up with Sue Sheehan, co-founder of Incredible Edible Lambeth and learned all about urban food growing and building the community.

    Interview: Sue Sheehan, Incredible Edible Lambeth

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  3. Case Study: Theatrical Co-production

    We’ve been thinking about the ‘art of co-production’ and learning more about the use of theatre to co-produce ideas, projects, and even change the law!

    Case Study: Theatrical Co-production

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  4. Case Study: Incredible Edible Lambeth

    Incredible Edible Lambeth are a London based group of food growers and healthy eating enthusiasts who are nurturing their local community.

    Case Study: Incredible Edible Lambeth

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  5. Blog: My Year in Ideas

    In this end of year blog, Azad Sharma reflects on a year of community storytelling, lessons, and inspirations. A must read!

    Blog: My Year in Ideas

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  6. Case study: GoodGym

    GoodGym helps people get fit by doing good. They are a group of runners that combines regular exercise with helping local communities.

    Case study: GoodGym

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  7. Ideas Hub Round Up

    All the stories published on the Ideas Hub last month, in case you missed them!

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  9. Case Study: Youcan Recycling

    Youcan is a recycling initiative in Tayside creating employment for workers with additional needs as well as a great reinvestment in their local economy.

    Case Study: Youcan Recycling

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  10. Interview: Well Doncaster

    The Well Doncaster team share their exciting approach to wellbeing and what taking a ‘holistic’ view to health looks like on the ground.

    Interview: Well Doncaster

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  11. Guest blog: Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership

    South London GP Dr Vikesh Sharma reflects on bringing together local people, community organisations and health care staff to tackle health inequalities.

    Guest blog: Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership

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  12. Video: The Preston Model

  13. My Best Mistake, by Kerry Bertram

    We want to break the taboo around failure! Read Kerry’s reflections on a mistake that led her to learn a new craft – the craft of community.

    My Best Mistake, by Kerry Bertram

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  14. What You Saying? Spoken Word and Homelessness

    What You Saying? is a Spoken Word night and community providing hands-on work experience in events management for young people experiencing homelessness.

    What You Saying? Spoken Word and Homelessness

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  15. Case Study: The Remakery

    We headed down to the Remakery to take part in an open workshop and find out about upcycling, community crafts and skills sharing.

    Case Study: The Remakery

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  16. Blog: Your language is revealing

    If we are genuine about wanting to coproduce and work with people and patients at the centre of our thinking, then we must show this by choosing our words carefully.

    Blog: Your language is revealing

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  17. Case Study: Centrepoint Sport

    Read all about the great work they are doing to bring young people experiencing homelessness together through the beautiful game.

    Case Study: Centrepoint Sport

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  18. Report: Community in the making

    We go back to the Bromley by Bow Centre to learn more about how they made sure local people were at the heart of their evaluation

    Report: Community in the making

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  19. Interview: Jane Salazar

    We meet Jane Salazar, a pioneer who overcame the numerous challenges of developing a peer support group for people who could not talk.

    Interview: Jane Salazar

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  20. Human Hospitals Project – Camerados

    Camerados are changing our hospital experience by using warm and welcoming teepees to give patients, visitors, and staff a chance to connect to each other.

    Human Hospitals Project – Camerados

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  21. Video: Case study: Change please

  22. Interview: Nicholas Okwulu, People Empowering People

    We caught up with Nicholas Okwulu, founder of People Empowering People, and talked about creativity in the community and his future plans.

    Interview: Nicholas Okwulu, People Empowering People

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  23. Case study: The Public Living Room

    Adur and Worthing Councils create a space to chat and connect with other people at a public living room based in a local beach hut

    Case study: The Public Living Room

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  24. Guest blog: Co-production in action

    In celebration of co-production week Miranda Keast of The Grace Eyre Foundation tells us about her experience of co-producing a community club night and learning to let go

    Guest blog: Co-production in action

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  25. Event: Unleashing Healthy Communities

    We spent a warm summer’s evening celebrating and learning about Bromley by Bow’s latest report on the centre’s community based approach to health and wellbeing.

    Event: Unleashing Healthy Communities

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  26. For the Love of Dudley

    Learn about how we focused on ‘story-listening’ to help Dudley’s Health & Wellbeing Board hear from local residents and shape their future commissioning.

    For the Love of Dudley

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  27. Video: Case Study: People Empowering People

  28. Keep it Local – call for evidence

    As part of their Keep it Local campaign, Locality would like to hear from you and understand how the public service landscape is shaping up

    Keep it Local – call for evidence

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  29. Idea of the month: “You can’t be what you can’t see”

    This quote from a famous children’s activist reminds us that we all need real-life inspiration to get the best out of co-production

    Idea of the month: “You can’t be what you can’t see”

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  30. #LiveWellMakeArt: Creativity sets you free

    Steve Gosyln tells us about a social movement in Greater Manchester which has been exploring ways in which the arts can address the challenges of social isolation and loneliness through building stronger social connections.

    #LiveWellMakeArt: Creativity sets you free

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  31. Case study: Sheffield Flourish

    Sheffield Flourish is a growing community of people living with mental health conditions where amazing things are happening

    Case study: Sheffield Flourish

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  32. Report summary: Better services, stronger economy

    This latest guidance from Locality shakes up procurement and gives you ideas for keeping services local and increasing social value

    Report summary: Better services, stronger economy

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  33. Video: Rural Coffee Caravan

  34. Case study: Hoe Street Central Bank

    How one high street bank is making the most of their social value.

    Case study: Hoe Street Central Bank

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  35. Case study: The Friendly Bench

    The Friendly Bench in Nottinghamshire is a simple way of using outside space to connect people to each other and their community.

    Case study: The Friendly Bench

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  36. New Home for the Library of Things

    What if libraries lent more than books? Things you only use once a year or something you want to try out? Enter the Library of Things, a home for borrowers!

    New Home for the Library of Things

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  37. Interview: Andreas Rosenboom, Music Therapist

    Andreas shared some stories and bits of advice that come from working as a music therapist.

    Interview: Andreas Rosenboom, Music Therapist

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  38. Interview: Dr. Margaret Lobo, Otakar Kraus Music Trust

    We sat down with Dr. Margaret Lobo, founder of the Otakar Kraus Music Trust to find out how she was inspired to work with others to find their voice.

    Interview: Dr. Margaret Lobo, Otakar Kraus Music Trust

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  39. Video: Case Study: Otakar Kraus Music Trust

  40. Case study: People’s Voice Media

    People’s Voice Media is an organisation that captures people’s experiences and opinions in order to influence public policy.

    Case study: People’s Voice Media

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  41. Idea of the Month: “Work hard at listening with intent to understand, not reply”

    We think it’s time to really listen without interrupting to let the community tell us the story they want to share with us.

    Idea of the Month: “Work hard at listening with intent to understand, not reply”

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  42. The Soul Relics Museum

    The Soul Relics Museum bridges the museum and mental health sectors, using object-based story-telling to bring us closer to the struggle of mental ill-health.

    The Soul Relics Museum

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  43. Social Prescribing in Frome – the evidence is out there

    Frome might provide some of the best evidence we have to combat social isolation and reduce health spending.

    Social Prescribing in Frome – the evidence is out there

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  44. Video: Tovertafel, Magic Table

  45. Report summary: Good Help and Bad Help

    We pick out our highlights from Nesta and OSCA’s brave new report about the different approaches to support and services.

    Report summary: Good Help and Bad Help

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  46. Case study: The Posh Club with Duckie

    Duckie, the purveyors of progressive working class entertainment are raising eyebrows and shimmying with the over 60s.

    Case study: The Posh Club with Duckie

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  47. Interview: Heathar Barrett, Poet & Blogger

    We learn more about Heathar, her blog and what inspired her to start it and she gave us her thoughts on creativity, writing and finding a way to channel your voice.

    Interview: Heathar Barrett, Poet & Blogger

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  48. Guest Blog: Restoring regenerative public services

    This blog includes two great case studies from across Greater Manchester of collaborations between services, communities and citizens to improve wellbeing.

    Guest Blog: Restoring regenerative public services

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  49. Video: What is Co-Production?

  50. c-App, the virtual advocate

    We’ve recently discovered c-App, a fantastic virtual advocacy tool which calmly supports people through anxious assessments.

    c-App, the virtual advocate

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  51. Guest Blog: Reimagining the care home

    Read the inspiring story of the Airedale Social Movement’s efforts to improve care homes by uniting local people and care homes across Yorkshire.

    Guest Blog: Reimagining the care home

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  52. Video: Welcome Wednesdays, community space

    Check out this film about a church which opened it’s doors to the general public; using their space for the community.

    Video: Welcome Wednesdays, community space

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  53. A Day In The Life Of a Shared Lives Carer

    Grace Eyre share Jane’s story of a normal day in her life living with Johnny, revealing how rewarding it can be to be a Shared Lives Carer.

    A Day In The Life Of a Shared Lives Carer

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  54. Event: Think Local Act Personal Meeting on Evidence

    We went along to a meeting to discuss evidence for community based approaches in health and came away optimistic.

    Event: Think Local Act Personal Meeting on Evidence

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  55. Video: A powerful personal story

  56. Guest Blog: The power of a great invitation

    Mark McKergow, one half of Host Leadership finds inspiration from a Roman tablet of the right sort of invitation to enage others.

    Guest Blog: The power of a great invitation

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  57. Events: School for Change Agents

    We’ve signed up for NHS Horizons School for Change Agents for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills for making change happen.

    Events: School for Change Agents

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  58. Case study: Rathlin Island

    This is the story of one community who moved from from being one caricatured by complaints, to one which is thriving, collaborative and positive.

    Case study: Rathlin Island

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  59. Report summary: People Powered Health in Greater Manchester

    We pick out the best parts of this report which showcases some of the inspiring and courageous initiatives across Greater Manchester

    Report summary: People Powered Health in Greater Manchester

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  60. Interview: Alex Fox OBE, CEO at Shared Lives Plus

    We catch up with Alex Fox about his asset based area briefing, his organisation Shared Lives Plus and what surprises him.

    Interview: Alex Fox OBE, CEO at Shared Lives Plus

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  61. 2017 The Year of the Cafes

    With a few moments this week to reflect on a year of Ideas Hub articles, we’ve noticed that some of our favourite features from 2017 all have something in common – cafes.

    2017 The Year of the Cafes

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  62. Blog: Another look at influencing…

    Influencing people is a key part of building the transformational movement; we look at one approach which involves listening first.

    Blog: Another look at influencing…

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  63. Video: Questions change everything in community engagement

  64. Campaign: Dressed is Best

    We love this campaign which was launched last month in Stockport and encourages staff to help hospital patients to be more active by getting up and dressed.

    Campaign: Dressed is Best

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  65. Case study: Glasgow Homelessness Involvement & Feedback Team

    We discover Glasgow Homelessness Involvement & Feedback Team, a great resource enabling coproduction and the involvement of those with lived experience.

    Case study: Glasgow Homelessness Involvement & Feedback Team

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  66. My Best Mistake by Fiona Weir, Participation Strategy Lead

    Participation strategy lead Fiona Weir shares a mistake that crept up on her and what she learnt about conflict and community action from it.

    My Best Mistake by Fiona Weir, Participation Strategy Lead

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  67. Report summary: Powerful Communities, Strong Economies

    We summarise Locality’s report on six areas working together to Keep it Local and find much to like.

    Report summary: Powerful Communities, Strong Economies

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  68. Video: Feelings matter most, Dementia Care Matters

  69. Event: Learning from Excellence Conference

    Our summary of Learning from Excellence’s dynamic and engaging conference which taught us about the amazing power of people and positivity.

    Event: Learning from Excellence Conference

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  70. Interview: Helen Sanderson, Wellbeing Teams

    Helen Sanderson, a creator of Wellbeing Teams talks to us about her inspirations, favourite quote, working with CQC and what her advice would be to others.

    Interview: Helen Sanderson, Wellbeing Teams

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  71. Blog: Music is a language we all understand

    We’ve been thinking about harnessing the power of music in our work and we gave it a try by building a collaborative playlist at a recent event.

    Blog: Music is a language we all understand

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  72. Interview: Katherine Brown, Local History Cafes

    We interview Katherine Brown the founder of Local History Cafes to learn more about her journey and how she set up this wellbeing and heritage project.

    Interview: Katherine Brown, Local History Cafes

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  73. My Best Mistake by Claire Haigh, Co-Founder Collaborate Out Loud

    Claire Haigh, Co-founder of Collaborate Out Loud shares what she learnt from leaving Bangor University after her first year.

    My Best Mistake by Claire Haigh, Co-Founder Collaborate Out Loud

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  74. Idea of the Month: You today, me tomorrow

    November’s Idea of the Month is a reminder that any of us can be the listeners as well as be the ones who need to be listened to.

    Idea of the Month: You today, me tomorrow

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  75. Video: Cycling Without Age

  76. Case study: Camerados

    We learn more about Camerados, a social movement of people that help each other out by creating environments for building connections and finding purpose.

    Case study: Camerados

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  77. Case study: Local History Cafes

    A project that draws on the knowledge and spaces heritage organisations have and combines it with community wellbeing.

    Case study: Local History Cafes

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  78. Video: Camerados: The answer to all our problems is each other

  79. Case study: Hogeweyk, a village for everyone

    A virtual village for people living with dementia open to everyone.

    Case study: Hogeweyk, a village for everyone

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  80. Event: Placemaking with People

    This week we heard an inspiring talk from La Pépinière, a design collective that collaboratively redevelops empty, urban areas into community spaces.

    Event: Placemaking with People

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  81. Guest Blog: Isn’t this all just a bit “touchy-feely”?

    Dr Emma Plunkett explores this question she’s been asked about the Learning from Excellence approach which involves thanking people for good work and care.

    Guest Blog: Isn’t this all just a bit “touchy-feely”?

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  82. Video: Wellbeing Teams

  83. Idea of the Month: “If it’s not messy, it’s not co-production”

    Margaret-Ann Brünjes, the Director of Glasgow Homelessness Network reminded us in a recent meeting that if it’s not messy, it’s not co-production!

    Idea of the Month: “If it’s not messy, it’s not co-production”

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  84. My Best Mistake by Linda Hutchinson

    One of our directors, Linda Hutchinson writes about her best mistake, when she learnt about the importance and value of properly involving people.

    My Best Mistake by Linda Hutchinson

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  85. Report: Social Care a Local Economic Solution for the West Midlands

    We summarise the New Economic Foundation’s report which makes a forceful case for localised money flows; money spent with locally rooted companies is more likely to go to local suppliers and thus the local economy.

    Report: Social Care a Local Economic Solution for the West Midlands

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  86. Living Well Network Hub: Meet people in cafes not clinics

    We caught up with Stacey Hemphill, the Lambeth Living Well Network Hub Manager to learn more about how staff meet people at a place of their own choosing.

    Living Well Network Hub: Meet people in cafes not clinics

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  87. Interview: Alex Hoskyn, Chatty Café scheme

    We interview Alex Hoskyn the creator of the Chatty Cafe scheme to learn about how and why she started the scheme and what she’s learnt along the way.

    Interview: Alex Hoskyn, Chatty Café scheme

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  88. Report summary: The Place of Kindness

    Zoe Ferguson looks at how we can encourage kindness in our communities and calls on government, organisations and people to all take action.

    Report summary: The Place of Kindness

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  89. Video: Grapevine Walk and Talk

  90. Case study: Learning from Excellence

    We learn about a reporting system using appreciative inquiry to boost quality and safety in healthcare.

    Case study: Learning from Excellence

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  91. Idea of the Month: Patients as partners, not just storytellers

    Patient Director David Gilbert reminds us that though storytelling can be very important, patient involvement and collaboration can and must go further.

    Idea of the Month: Patients as partners, not just storytellers

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  92. Podcast: Library of Things

    Library of Things new podcast looks at the impact they have had on the community, the people that have come to borrow, and how the enterprise might develop.

    Podcast: Library of Things

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  93. Report: Asset based places, a model for development

    SCIE’s recent publication sets out a useful framework for local areas considering a shift towards asset based working.

    Report: Asset based places, a model for development

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  94. Case study: A nursery in a care home

    This is thought to be the first nursery co-located in a care home in the UK, where residents and children share space, activities and snacks.

    Case study: A nursery in a care home

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  95. Idea of the Month: Who wants to change?

    A powerful cartoon about change.

    Idea of the Month: Who wants to change?

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  96. Video: Cartwheel Arts – The Wellbeing Dominoes

  97. My Best Mistake by Sian Lockwood OBE

    Sian Lockwood OBE reflects on what she learnt from her best mistake and how it helped her to become a leader.

    My Best Mistake by Sian Lockwood OBE

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  98. Interview: Viv Slack, Street Support

    We talk to Co-Founder Viv Slack about Street Support, a co-produced online resource which helps people experiencing homelessness find support services.

    Interview: Viv Slack, Street Support

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  99. Report summary: Rebooting Health and Social Care Integration

    Localis’ latest report on the integration of health and social advocates a new focus and a move away from structures and finance.

    Report summary: Rebooting Health and Social Care Integration

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  100. Case study: SH:24

    A sexual health service that gives power and control to those using it.

    Case study: SH:24

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  101. Case Study: Social Prescribing the Woodley Way

    Nick Dixon explains how a family practice and community hub are using social prescribing and peer group gardening to benefit the Woodley community and staff workloads.

    Case Study: Social Prescribing the Woodley Way

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  102. Case study: Street Support Network

    A pioneering online website connecting homeless people to resources and resources to where they’re most needed.

    Case study: Street Support Network

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  103. My co-production and other stories

    We’ve been thinking about the co-production highlights of the year. These are the stories that have particularly resonated and why.

    My co-production and other stories

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  104. Idea of the Month: With a new conversation, we may change the outcomes

    With a new conversation, we may change the relationship; if we change the relationship, we may change the behaviours; if we change the behaviours, we may change the outcomes.

    Idea of the Month: With a new conversation, we may change the outcomes

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  105. Video: 24 Hours in Urgent Care

  106. Guest Blog: Are we asking the right questions about asset-based development?

    Fiona Weir explores the asset-based questions to ask when development isn’t happening as expected.

    Guest Blog: Are we asking the right questions about asset-based development?

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  107. Case study: The Skillnet Group

    The Skillsnet Group is a social enterprise of people with and without learning difficulties working together

    Case study: The Skillnet Group

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  108. Report: System Behaviours

    We look at Lankelly Chase’s list of system behaviours. A great resource.

    Report: System Behaviours

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  109. Case study: Teaching happiness at Wellington College

    Wellington College became the first school in the UK to launch a course in happiness and wellbeing.

    Case study: Teaching happiness at Wellington College

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  110. Case study: The Debenham Project

    We learn about a community that took responsibility for supporting carers and those with dementia.

    Case study: The Debenham Project

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  111. Video: North London Cares and South London Cares

  112. Blog: One Year On

    We reflect on one year of Ideas Hub articles and start to look to the future

    Blog: One Year On

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  113. Idea of the Month: “Get out of the way and trust people”

    June’s Idea of the Month is a quote from Sian Lockwood of Community Catalysts at the recent The Future of People Powered Health event.

    Idea of the Month: “Get out of the way and trust people”

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  114. Report: The Art of the Possible in Public Procurement

    This publication will give commissioners the confidence to challenge resistant procurement practice and support innovation. A must-read…

    Report: The Art of the Possible in Public Procurement

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  115. Case study: MAC-UK

    MAC-UK has been a pioneering force in young people’s mental health services since 2008 and they continue to grow from strength to strength.

    Case study: MAC-UK

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  116. Video: ‘I’m Controlling It’ – The Diabetes Project

  117. Case study: Community Circles

    Community Circles help people be happier, healthier and more connected with the support of those around them.

    Case study: Community Circles

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  118. Event: The Future of People Powered Health

    We report back from Nesta Health Lab’s event, The Future of People Powered Health.

    Event: The Future of People Powered Health

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  119. Interview: Day Opportunities – City College Peterborough

    We interviewed Pat Carrington, principal of City College in Peterborough, and Julie Bennett, senior manager of Day Opportunities.

    Interview: Day Opportunities – City College Peterborough

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  120. Video: Co-production by Spice

  121. Idea of the Month: “We asked for workers. We got people instead.”

    This quote from Max Frisch reflects the need for more organisations to consider their staff and culture foremost if change is really going to happen.

    Idea of the Month: “We asked for workers. We got people instead.”

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  122. Blog: Success in the brave new world

    We think about what success means in a world where strategy is flexible, outcomes light and work on the ground often slow and emergent.

    Blog: Success in the brave new world

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  123. Case study: Lambeth Living Well Network

    Mental health services in Lambeth are being transformed through co-production and collaboration.

    Case study: Lambeth Living Well Network

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  124. Case study: Day Opportunities – City College Peterborough

    Day Opportunities is a program for people with learning and physical disabilities run by City College Peterborough focused on co-production.

    Case study: Day Opportunities – City College Peterborough

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  125. Report: NHS England guidance on involvement and participation

    We look at two guidance documents published this month by NHS England on involving people in their own health and in health services

    Report: NHS England guidance on involvement and participation

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  126. Video: Enabling Social Action

  127. Report: Realising the Value

    We take a look at Realising the Value, a report outlining the evidence of the benefits of people and communities working together in the health system.

    Report: Realising the Value

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  128. Interview: Mary Reed, Make Someone Welcome (Part 2)

    The second part of our interview with Mary Reed of the Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living about their Make Someone Welcome Campaign.

    Interview: Mary Reed, Make Someone Welcome (Part 2)

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  129. Idea of the Month: Only Push What Moves

    April’s Idea of the Month looks at saving time and energy by avoiding trying to influence change with people and within systems which present too many barriers.

    Idea of the Month: Only Push What Moves

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  130. Interview: Mary Reed, Make Someone Welcome (Part 1)

    We talk to Mary Reed of the Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living about their Make Someone Welcome Campaign aims to get all groups and organisations to welcome disabled people.

    Interview: Mary Reed, Make Someone Welcome (Part 1)

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  131. The People’s Fridge

    Connecting people and cutting down on food waste.

    The People’s Fridge

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  132. Case study: Granby Four Streets

    A story of determined residents who protected their own houses and all the empty ones around them and created a flourishing community

    Case study: Granby Four Streets

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  133. Case study: Robin Lane Health and Wellbeing Centre

    Robin Lane is so much more than a GP surgery – they deliver services fit for modern 21st century lifestyles

    Case study: Robin Lane Health and Wellbeing Centre

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  134. Blog: C’mon NHS, make us proud

    How much progress towards true person centred care has really been made in the NHS?

    Blog: C’mon NHS, make us proud

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  135. Case study: Solva Care

    The rural village of Solva has created a whole community approach to domiciliary care with outstanding results.

    Case study: Solva Care

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  136. Blog: The Power of Listening

    We think about what it really means to listen to somebody…

    Blog: The Power of Listening

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  137. Idea of the Month: If you take my problem and solve it for me – that’s theft

    March’s Idea of the Month is a strong challenge to those who see service as a paternalistic, self-congratulatory, heroic activity.

    Idea of the Month: If you take my problem and solve it for me – that’s theft

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  138. Guest blog: Choose life. Choose self-efficacy…

    A guest blog from Osca exploring the importance of self-efficacy.

    Guest blog: Choose life. Choose self-efficacy…

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  139. Video: The People Speak

  140. Case study: Keyring Housing Scheme

    We look at the great work done by the KeyRing housing scheme to connect families.

    Case study: Keyring Housing Scheme

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  141. Interview: Dave Higham, The Well

    We recently spoke to Dave Higham, Founder and Chief Executive of The Well.

    Interview: Dave Higham, The Well

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  142. Report: The Art of Powerful Questions

    This report introduces us to the notion of the powerful question, one which generates curiosity in the listener, energy and new possibilities.

    Report: The Art of Powerful Questions

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  143. Report: Building Collaborative Places

    Today we were at the launch event for Collaborate’s new research report into the infrastructure needed for whole system change across our local public services, anchor institutions and civil society.

    Report: Building Collaborative Places

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  144. Video: Commissioning for Personalisation – London

  145. Idea of the Month: See the person first and everything else second

    February’s Idea of the Month comes from a powerful blog published by the Mayday Trust, titled In Memory of Martin.

    Idea of the Month: See the person first and everything else second

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  146. Case study: The Well

    We check out The Well, a sanctuary for people affected by drugs and alcohol which provides something different to traditional services.

    Case study: The Well

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  147. Interview: Darin Halifax, Grow Share Cook

    We spoke to Darin Halifax of Grow, Share, Cook and learnt more about tackling hunger in Plymouth.

    Interview: Darin Halifax, Grow Share Cook

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  148. Case study: Grow, Share, Cook

    A fantastic volunteer-based project – Plymouth’s response to food poverty in the city.

    Case study: Grow, Share, Cook

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  149. Interview: Rebecca Trevalyan, Library of Things

    We spoke to Rebecca Trevalyan of Library of Things, a community space where local people can borrow, share and learn.

    Interview: Rebecca Trevalyan, Library of Things

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  150. Report: What good could look like in psychological services for young people

    We look at a report challenging our understanding of mental health services for young people.

    Report: What good could look like in psychological services for young people

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  151. Interview: Jane McGrath, West London Collaborative

    We interview Jane McGrath of West London Collaborative and hear about better and braver solutions to local health and social care challenges.

    Interview: Jane McGrath, West London Collaborative

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  152. Landermeads Care Home

    We look at how a family-orientated re-think at Landermeads Nursing Home improved life for residents.

    Landermeads Care Home

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  153. The New Website

    Our new Ideas Hub is launched – from successful pilot to permanent website

    The New Website

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  154. Idea of the Month: A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

    Our Idea of the Month for January comes from Margaret Mead and fills us with inspiration & hope for the year ahead.

    Idea of the Month: A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

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  155. Case study: The Christmas Dinners

    The wonderful story of a care leaver helping others to have a Christmas to remember.

    Case study: The Christmas Dinners

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  156. Case study: Own 2 Feet Living

    Own 2 Feet Living is a brilliant example of young people doing things their way.

    Case study: Own 2 Feet Living

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  157. Case study: Pramdepot

    We check out Pramdepot, a great community-led recycling project helping new mums.

    Case study: Pramdepot

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  158. Guest Blog: Julia Slay on working at a think tank

    We hear about what think tanks really do from someone on the inside…

    Guest Blog: Julia Slay on working at a think tank

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  159. Case study: Welcome to the beach

    We introduce you to Altogether Better and their innovative use of the beach.

    Case study: Welcome to the beach

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  160. Interview: Lucie Stephens, New Economics Foundation

    We interview Lucie Stephens from NEF who is helping to expand the options for co-operative childcare in the UK.

    Interview: Lucie Stephens, New Economics Foundation

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  161. Idea of the Month – “Fail again. Fail better.”

    December’s Idea of the Month comes from Samuel Beckett, who tells us to dust ourselves down when we fail and have another go.

    Idea of the Month – “Fail again. Fail better.”

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  162. Case study: West London Collaborative

    We champion the work of a consultancy with a difference.

    Case study: West London Collaborative

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  163. Report: Behaving like a system?

    We find a set of invaluable preconditions for systems changers in Collaborate’s report which both reassure and focus the mind.

    Report: Behaving like a system?

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  164. Video: The Story of Co-Design

  165. Case study: Scallywags – a parent partnership nursery

    We take a look at a co-operative model of childcare where parents and professionals are working in partnership.

    Case study: Scallywags – a parent partnership nursery

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  166. Interview: Andrew Donaldson, Staffordshire County Council

    We interview Andrew Donaldson of Staffordshire County Council and find out about their work in the local community.

    Interview: Andrew Donaldson, Staffordshire County Council

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  167. Report: Kinder Communities – the power of everyday relationships

    ‘Kinder Communities’ – a new report asks us to consider the quality and not just the quantity of our relationships.

    Report: Kinder Communities – the power of everyday relationships

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  168. Case study: Advanced Style

    We take a look at Advanced Style, a blog celebrating the lives and fashions of older people.

    Case study: Advanced Style

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  169. Video: Meet Me At The Albany

  170. Idea of the Month: “New culture is created by people who are not afraid to be insecure.”

    November’s Idea of the Month comes from Rudolf Bahro, who tells us that pushing against the old culture makes us brave, not just radicals or mavericks.

    Idea of the Month: “New culture is created by people who are not afraid to be insecure.”

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  171. Case study: Meet Me At The Albany – a grown-ups’ playground

    We champion a new type of day centre for older people where anything is possible.

    Case study: Meet Me At The Albany – a grown-ups’ playground

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  172. Report: Moving from the margins: The challenges of building integrated local services

    We look at a report considering three integrated service models which asks why integrated services remain at the fringes of local public services.

    Report: Moving from the margins: The challenges of building integrated local services

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  173. Case study: Mayday Trust

    We spread the word about the fantastic Mayday Trust who are tipping homelessness services on their head.

    Case study: Mayday Trust

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  174. Video: Cirencester Sofa Month

  175. Report: Spreading change

    We take a look at a report which proposes how learning from behavioural science can help us spread systems change

    Report: Spreading change

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  176. Blog: Let’s be honest…

    This blog explores the need for a culture which learns and reflects and looks to other sectors where this is a matter of life and death.

    Blog: Let’s be honest…

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  177. Video: The Library of Things

  178. Idea of the Month: Go Big or Go Home

    A reminder to try something out – even if it feels big and scary.

    Idea of the Month: Go Big or Go Home

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  179. Case study: Creative Homes – more play less stress

    We look at a co-designed project where live artists visit family homes and tackle stressful moments with under 5s head-on.

    Case study: Creative Homes – more play less stress

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  180. Blog: ‘A shock to the system’, a New Philanthropy Capital event

    We report from the first seminar held by New Philanthropy Capital which accompanies their report on systems change.

    Blog: ‘A shock to the system’, a New Philanthropy Capital event

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  181. Report: New Philanthropy Capital – Systems Change: A guide to what it is and how to do it

    NPC’s report on how to change systems provides an honest and accessible guide for those ambitious enough to try it.

    Report: New Philanthropy Capital – Systems Change: A guide to what it is and how to do it

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  182. Case study: Open Works – Building a participatory platform

    A look at Open Works, a pioneering initiative which promoted a participatory culture in communities.

    Case study: Open Works – Building a participatory platform

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  183. Interview: Kate Fitzhugh, Stockport Family

    An interview with Kate Fitzhugh of Stockport Family, a fully integrated children’s services based on restorative practice.

    Interview: Kate Fitzhugh, Stockport Family

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  184. Case study: Stockport Family

    We look at how the Stockport Family programme transformed, integrated and a refocused a set of statutory services around empowerment.

    Case study: Stockport Family

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  185. Report: Pillars and Foundations – Next practice in Children’s Services

    A look at ADCS’ report ‘Pillars and Foundations’, which is a think piece examining next practice in the Children’s Sector.

    Report: Pillars and Foundations – Next practice in Children’s Services

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  186. Case study: Family by Family

    We take a look at the Family by Family programme in Australia which is a great example of co-production in the social sector.

    Case study: Family by Family

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  187. Idea of the Month: Never waste a mistake

    September’s Idea of the Month is a simple and powerful way to describe a learning culture and comes from Stockport.

    Idea of the Month: Never waste a mistake

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  188. Blog: To risk or not to risk (Part 2)

    We take a look at how to make co-production work in communities by defining them as safe – not dangerous – places.

    Blog: To risk or not to risk (Part 2)

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  189. Interview: Sam Mason, Community Fundraiser, Certitude

    An interview with Sam Mason of Certitude, a charity helping people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

    Interview: Sam Mason, Community Fundraiser, Certitude

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  190. Video: Stories of co-production

  191. Report: Drugs, hopes and dreams

    Helen Sharp reflects on ‘Drugs, hopes and dreams’, a report describing how to use appreciative inquiry on a therapeutic level.

    Report: Drugs, hopes and dreams

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  192. Blog: Questions, questions…

    A look at how to ask the right questions in commissioning.

    Blog: Questions, questions…

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  193. Idea of the Month: The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask…

    August’s Idea of the Month comes from Thomas Kuhn, the American physicist, historian, and philosopher of science.

    Idea of the Month: The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask…

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  194. Report: Head, hands and heart: asset-based approaches in health

    A look at ‘Head, hands and heart: asset-based approaches in health care’, a report published by The Health Foundation.

    Report: Head, hands and heart: asset-based approaches in health

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  195. Case studies: Delivering differently in neighbourhoods

    We compare three case studies created specifically for commissioners to give them an idea of how public services can be delivered more collaboratively.

    Case studies: Delivering differently in neighbourhoods

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  196. Interview: Mohamed Abdallah, Dunraven Secondary School

    An interview with Mohamed Abdallah, Director of Student Engagement, Dunraven Secondary School.

    Interview: Mohamed Abdallah, Dunraven Secondary School

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  197. Case study: Dunraven School – Student Engagement Department

    We take a look at Dunraven School’s asset-based Student Engagement Department.

    Case study: Dunraven School – Student Engagement Department

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  198. Report: Walking the Talk – Blurring the lines between work and home

    We examine how Asset Based Community-driven Development can positively impact on the relationship between work and home.

    Report: Walking the Talk – Blurring the lines between work and home

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  199. Case study: Community engagement in Craigroyston

    Anna Eaton looks at the Total Craigroyston community development programme in Edinburgh.

    Case study: Community engagement in Craigroyston

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  200. Report: 21st Century Children Centres

    Helen Sharp looks at Innovation Unit’s report, ’21st Century Children Centres’, which looks at how Children Centres might be adapted in the future.

    Report: 21st Century Children Centres

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  201. Video: Community development by the people

  202. Idea of the Month: By the people

    Co-production is ‘with the people’, but push the power further – and you reach ‘by the people’.

    Idea of the Month: By the people

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  203. Blog: To risk or not to risk (part one)

    Helen Sharp reflects on her time spent working in Early Years sector and argues that parents should be given more power to look after their children.

    Blog: To risk or not to risk (part one)

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  204. Case study: Learn to Lead

    We look at ‘Learn to Lead’, a programme which works perfectly as a case study to explain how co-production differs from other forms of participation.

    Case study: Learn to Lead

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  205. Guest Blog: Mel Pickett on refugees, lunches and bicycles

    Guest blogger Mel Pickett recalls her time working with refugees and the effect everyday comforts can have on those in need.

    Guest Blog: Mel Pickett on refugees, lunches and bicycles

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  206. Case studies: New approaches to dementia care

    A look at two positive news stories about using technology to empower people with dementia and their carers.

    Case studies: New approaches to dementia care

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  207. Idea of the Month: Make an introduction, not a referral

    Our Idea of the Month for June looks at how a change in language can empower people seeking help with their health.

    Idea of the Month: Make an introduction, not a referral

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  208. The Parable of the Blobs and Squares

    Published by – Time Banking UK Date of publication – August 2012 Parable of Blogs and Squares Video One of the most challenging aspects of changing […]

    The Parable of the Blobs and Squares

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  209. Case study: Chadderton ghost walks & alleyways

    An asset-based case study looking at the positive work being done in Chadderton District by Oldham Council to empower local people.

    Case study: Chadderton ghost walks & alleyways

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  210. Report review: The Journey to Integration

    A look at the ‘The Journey to Integration’, a Local Government Association report about whole system integration.

    Report review: The Journey to Integration

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  211. Case study: i-Dream Alliance

    A look at how young people in Lambeth have been empowered by the i-Dream Alliance project.

    Case study: i-Dream Alliance

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  212. Report review: Get Well Soon

    Our take on the report ‘Get Well Soon: Reimagining place-based health’, published by New Local Government Network and Collaborate.

    Report review: Get Well Soon

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  213. Blog: We need each other to be brave

    This blog examines the growing movement of people in the UK transforming the way we do things by embracing co-production, collaboration and alliances.

    Blog: We need each other to be brave

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  214. Blog: Welcome to our Ideas Hub

    The Ideas Hub is our place for letting you know about great ideas and people we hear about through our work.

    Blog: Welcome to our Ideas Hub

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