2.8 Million Minds: Collective Power Awards
This blog features the 2.8 Million Minds project. Between November 2021 and May 2022, over 120 people contributed to A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds, a youth-led, artist-centred, and Disability Justice-informed approach to how young Londoners want to use art to begin to radically reimagine mental health support, justice and pride.
Union Chapel: Collective Power Award
Union Chapel share their experiences of their community leaders project which was shortlisted for the Collective Power Award with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s (CHWA) annual awards which focus on collective power (partnership and co-production), practitioner support and climate.
Trust First: Lessons From Running a Solidarity Fund
The SE15 Community Fund was established in May 2020, as a response to the financial difficulties people were experiencing during the pandemic and a requirement to fund the needs of local mutual aid efforts. The administrators share the principles they hold to, the dilemmas along the way and plans for the future.
Not Another Co-Production Festival
Ideas Alliance host the first ever Not Another Co-Production Festival at The Science Museum in Manchester. For people who draw on care or support, service providers and community partners.
Encouraging women to the podium: Not just about speaking but about influencing
We need to see more women speaking confidently about issues that matter. 'Energy is more important than message', says Alex Barker.
Smalls for All Supplies a Growing Number of UK Organisations
Smalls for All supply UK organisations with underwear to help alleviate poverty. Charities helped include refuges, shelters and uniform banks.
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.
I’m With Sam: Tackling learning disability hate crime with Dimensions
Learning disability hate crime is a problem that is under-reported but can have a huge impact on victims. Dimensions' #ImWithSam campaign is led by an expert with lived experience and takes a multi-pronged approach to the problem. They support victims, raise awareness, train police forces, work with the CPS and influence policy to improve reporting, convictions and ensure victims are taken seriously.
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One Man’s Trash: The Rise of Community Fridges
Maria Passingham writes about the surge in community fridges across the UK which are helping communities combat food waste.
A Community With Energy
The Low Carbon Hub work with schools, businesses, and communities in Oxfordshire, UK to generate clean energy whilst reinvesting in the local economy.
Selective Mutism and the power of peer support
We meet Jane Salazar, a pioneer who overcame the numerous challenges of developing a peer support group for people who could not talk.