Community engagement

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Ideas Hub Round Up

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

  8. Want to know more? Want to get involved?

  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Video: Case Study: People Empowering People

  13. 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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  14. Video: Rural Coffee Caravan

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

    Case study: Hoe Street Central Bank

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Video: Questions change everything in community engagement

  22. 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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  23. Video: Cycling Without Age

  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Video: Grapevine Walk and Talk

  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Video: North London Cares and South London Cares

  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Video: The People Speak

  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. A fantastic volunteer-based project – Plymouth’s response to food poverty in the city.

    Case study: Grow, Share, Cook

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

    Case study: Welcome to the beach

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  46. We champion the work of a consultancy with a difference.

    Case study: West London Collaborative

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  47. ‘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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  48. 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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  49. Video: Cirencester Sofa Month

  50. 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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  51. Video: The Library of Things

  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. A look at how to ask the right questions in commissioning.

    Blog: Questions, questions…

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

    Case study: Community engagement in Craigroyston

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