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.

  • Collaborative commissioning and alliances

    From relationship building to financial, technical and governance issues

  • 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.

by Helen Sharp

Celebrating 7 Years: milestone moments and looking forward

2024 marks 7 years of Ideas Alliance. Over that time we’ve grown from a small story sharing platform to a social consultancy on a mission to make co-production and collaboration the norm across the country. Co-founder Helen Sharp starts our celebrations by looking back at how it all started and what's coming next.

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by Helen Sharp

Why 2024 is all about collaborative commissioning

Ideas Alliance co-founder Helen Sharp kicks off the new year reflecting on how exciting it is to see the health and social care commissioning landscape shift slowly as more people take up the co-production and collaborative commissioning banner.

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by Mel Parks

The Power of Human Connections – George Fielding’s Story

One of our new critical friends George Fielding BEM spoke to us about his compelling motivations for community work and life in general. George has raised more than £15 million for charities since becoming an advocate for young wheelchair users at age 12.

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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.