Rebuilding Community Connections with Not Another Co-Production Project￼
Helen Sturman, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire Area Development Manager for Parkinson’s UK, shares her experience of being new in the job when joining Not Another Co-Production Project. She outlines the importance of flexibility when rebuilding community connections with people with long-term health conditions, and how co-production values the range of life experiences, knowledge and skills that people can bring. …
Encouraging women to the podium: Not just about speaking but about influencing
In late 2020, I was booked to speak at two very different conferences a few days apart. Both were public events where the content and the line up of speakers were the main draw. The first one lasted two days. On the whole it was excellent, but I noticed one thing that rankled me. On both days, the first two…
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?
Feeling like a social change imposter
Entering the world of social change and community action can be a daunting step. As someone new to the world of "getting involved", guest blogger Joe Hartley reflects on the value of inexperience - and shares his top tips for making a difference.
Beyond Empower: supporting healthy, active lives for disabled people by transforming mainstream spaces and services
In this guest blog, Beyond Empower founder Ben Andrews tells us about their work to transform mainstream spaces, communities and leisure services so that they're accessible to people with disabilities. By thinking differently about the barriers, Beyond Empower help providers, councils and businesses create services that everyone in the community can access and enjoy.
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Unusual experiences?: Tackling the issue of closed cultures through storytelling
Mother and carer Eleanor September shares the experiences that led her to participate in Ideas Alliance's recent project on Closed Cultures. Read about the uphill struggle she has faced to access person-centred care since her daughter was born at 24 weeks almost 28 years ago.
A year on: Are everyday people our new invisible trauma and loss workers?
Trainer Lourdes Colclough highlights an extraordinary new role being carried out by members of the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: informal trauma and grief counselling. She tells us about the training being offered to those stepping up to fill gaps in formal mental health support.
A year on: still looking in
Inflammatory bowel disease Nurse Rachel Campbell reflects on her experience of working with patients during the pandemic: what's changed, what's here to stay and what the future holds.
Secret Musings of a Change Agent
Experienced change consultant and coach Kath Smythe tells us all about her new blog series where she talks to "some fabulous ordinary people who are really great at making change happen” to try and discover what it is that underpins their skill. It's a must read!
What does the review exposing bullying 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.
Tackling Health Inequalities in Manchester: the impact of Covid-19 and what’s next
A story about what can be achieved in a crisis when your way of working is already, and always, driven by listening, building trust and collaboration from Winning Hearts & Minds programme, Manchester.
Exercising Citizenship Through Creativity Is More Important Than Ever
Paul Hine, Director at Made by Mortals explains how they've adapted during Covid-19 with innovative ways of working to keep helping people use their creativity to take an active role in society and bring about change.