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 Anna Eaton

Maternal Journal: Collective Power

We learn all about Maternal Journal, a worldwide peer-led movement helping people process the major changes they might experience in pregnancy, birth and beyond through creative journaling. The first in our series showcasing the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance's brilliant Collective Power Award 2021 shortlist.

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by Anna Eaton

Talking about balancing belonging and freedom at work in Research Matters magazine

We answer some questions for the Social Research Association's quarterly Research Matters magazine about our organisational structure as part of their look at business models for social research. Read the reprinted article here.

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by Bex Clarkson

What does the review exposing bully and harassment at the NCVO say about the charity model and how can we change things?

In this guest blog experienced charity worker Bex Clarkson advocates for radical change and outlines the remedies she sees, from looking at the money, recognising resistance and not just swapping out the CEO.

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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.