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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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

Addressing debt and debt stigma in the cost of living crisis

We’re experiencing a cost of living crisis. Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, says the worst time for people financially wasn’t the 2008 financial crash. It wasn’t during COVID. It’s right now. Food, energy and housing costs continue to rise. Incomes aren’t keeping up with inflation. As prices rise, more people from across society are being tipped into poverty. People…

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by Mel Parks

Courage in Co-Production: A Day Festival

The Not Another Co-Production Festival took place at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry on Tuesday 5 July. This special event, the first of its kind, a celebration and culmination of a year’s work in Manchester, lived up to its name of co-production as happenings and conversations evolved during the day.  In the spirit of embracing principles of co-production we…

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by Linda

Co-Production: What is it, exactly?

Linda, Elephants Trail Rochdale Co-Worker, part of the Not Another Co-Production Festival on Tuesday 5 July in Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry shared some of the history of co-production with visitors. If you are curious about co-production, read on for Linda’s explanation. What is co-production and when did it first appear? Co-production is a method of working, where providers…

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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.