Social action

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Video: Case study: Change please

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. How one high street bank is making the most of their social value.

    Case study: Hoe Street Central Bank

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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. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Video: Camerados: The answer to all our problems is each other

  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. We learn about a community that took responsibility for supporting carers and those with dementia.

    Case study: The Debenham Project

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

    Blog: One Year On

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  28. 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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  29. Video: Enabling Social Action

  30. Connecting people and cutting down on food waste.

    The People’s Fridge

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. We recently spoke to Dave Higham, Founder and Chief Executive of The Well.

    Interview: Dave Higham, The Well

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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. A fantastic volunteer-based project – Plymouth’s response to food poverty in the city.

    Case study: Grow, Share, Cook

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. We check out Pramdepot, a great community-led recycling project helping new mums.

    Case study: Pramdepot

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  40. ‘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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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