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by Becky Seale

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. Here, Becky Seale and other administrators of the fund share their achievements, the principles they hold to, the dilemmas along the way and plans for the…

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by Christine Hollywood

Physical activity: Belong dementia care villages have onsite gyms for residents

It is well known that exercise and fitness brings huge benefits for our mental and physical health across all ages, increasing our mobility and strengthening our bodies. As well as boosting communities and the economy, UK Active say every £1 spent on sport and physical activities generates almost £4 in return, and prevents 30 million additional GP visits, and 37,000 premature deaths, in the UK each year. UK Active, whose…

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by Rachel Berry

Post-pandemic mental health of children & young people: Three projects paving the way in Scotland

Mental health can be hugely challenging for children and young people. The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) says that, by the time they’re 16, three children in every classroom will have experienced a mental health problem. And post-pandemic, those working with children and young people identify one issue as presenting more commonly than any other: anxiety. In Scotland, the…

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by Helen Sturman

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.   …

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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 Mel Parks

Not Another Co-Production Festival

It’s almost one year since we began our Not Another Co-Production Project and it’s time to celebrate all the amazing work that’s been happening with our partner organisations in Greater Manchester. And to help us celebrate, we’d like to invite you to join us at our Not Another Co-Production Festival! The first of its kind anywhere.  We are working with…

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by Rachel Berry

Bridges Project: Co-production with young people in Scotland

For almost 40 years, Bridges Project has been supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in Midlothian and East Lothian in Scotland. For some, working with Bridges Project is the first time they’ve had a supportive adult in their lives. “A lot of our clients have said they feel like no one has shown faith in them, or believed…

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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 Rachel Berry

Smalls for All Supplies a Growing Number of UK Organisations

We talk about poverty more than we used to. What was once considered something that happens elsewhere is now undeniably a part of everyday life in the UK, for a growing number of families. And West Lothian-based charity Smalls for All (Smalls) can trace the line of this change from when it was founded as an African aid organisation in…

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Burcu Borysik, Mayday Trust