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by Mel Parks

It doesn’t have to rhyme: Collaborative creative writing as a community tool

Mel Parks shares ideas on using collaborative creative writing in community settings to bring people together, creating a unified experience often with the added benefit of new insights and surprising connections. As well as being lots of fun! Many people are scared of poetry and creative writing often brings back memories of school, and often not good ones, so I…

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by Alex Barker

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…

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by Mel Parks

Clarissa on tour: A film created to improve the health of people affected by homelessness

During the autumn of 2021, Ideas Alliance teamed up with Groundswell to present a series of live screenings of Clarissa, a film created to help share the experiences of people affected by homelessness while accessing healthcare. The audience was made up of invited healthcare practitioners, NHS staff and staff working in homelessness support services, who all play a vital role in engaging…

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by Isaac Samuels

We need to talk about “lived experience”

Lived experience is essential to co-production, but do we treat those who share their stories with us ethically? True co-production needs long-term thinking, proper support and the creation of opportunities for people who have experienced multiple disadvantage, argues co-production advisor Isaac Samuels in this powerful guest blog.

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by Lauren Wallace-Thompson

Clarissa: Virtual film tour and Q&A sessions to improve the health of people affected by homelessness

Come and join the virtual tour of Clarissa: a film created to improve the health of people affected by homelessness, through better understanding of their experiences. Clarissa is a fiction film, but the storyline has been woven together from real experiences of people trying to access the healthcare system while facing homelessness in the UK.

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Burcu Borysik, Mayday Trust