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

What people say

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 Lauren Wallace-Thompson

‘Bringing local leaders together to make a difference’: Applications open now for Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programmes

We're sharing this call on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement for this fantastic Leadership for Personalised Care programme. It's an inspiring and engaging development opportunity open to teams and individuals from the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector.

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by Lauren Wallace-Thompson

Doing digital arts differently: St. Helens Libraries and Ideas Alliance’s action research

Find out more about this "learning by doing" project, where the team worked collaboratively with artists, makers, library staff, residents and more to innovate and test ways to help digital arts thrive in St. Helens.

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by Rachel Berry

Community building with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

Read about how the idea of a handwritten "letter fae a local" has sparked a huge community endeavour to welcome and embrace asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. In the face of attacks on the rights of asylum seekers, these community-led organisations are trying to support new arrivals and connect them with their neighbours.

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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.