Stories and strategy

We build bridges between communities and organisations

We are a social enterprise that wants public services to work in equal partnership with local people rather than to or for them, so better decisions are made and everyone can experience better outcomes.

We partner with the brave pioneers and innovators who want to adopt this way of working using collaborative and community-based approaches.

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What we’ve done

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Our services

We partner with local people, charities, councils, community organisations and national bodies on specific projects or as end-to-end delivery partners.

  • Storytelling

    For strategy development, evaluations and to drive change

  • Co-production advice and guidance

    Through workshop sessions and supporting you on specific projects

  • Communities of Practice

    People learning and sharing together in a safe, open space.

  • Community research and evaluation

    An appreciative approach to quantative and qualitative reviews

Straight from the Ideas Hub

Looking for ideas and inspiration? Here you'll find stories about communities, collaboration and co-production in action.

by Rachel Berry

Jingle Bags: Christmas at East Lothian Foodbank

East Lothian Food Bank are making sure that families have a festive meal to tuck into this Christmas. Find out more about their Jingle Bags appeal, the difference it can make to families, and how they are working in partnership to address the root causes of food poverty.

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by Isaac Samuels

We need to talk about “lived experience”

Lived experience is essential to co-production, but do we treat those who share their stories with us ethically? True co-production needs long-term thinking, proper support and the creation of opportunities for people who have experienced multiple disadvantage, argues co-production advisor Isaac Samuels in this powerful guest blog.

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by Immy Robinson

Understanding the 9 million active neighbours of lockdown

The coronavirus crisis saw a huge movement of community activity and support. Immy Robinson, co-lead of the Relationships Project, shares their research about what made people come together. How we can support the different types of active neighbour with an ecology that enables community activity to thrive?

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Who we work with

We work with a range of people and organisations including local authorities, charities, community members, voluntary groups and national bodies.