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by Rachel Berry

Jingle Bags: Christmas at East Lothian Foodbank

East Lothian Food Bank are making sure that families have a festive meal to tuck into this Christmas. Find out more about their Jingle Bags appeal, the difference it can make to families, and how they are working in partnership to address the root causes of food poverty.

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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 Immy Robinson

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?

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by Rachel Berry

Making Scotland “the best place in the world to grow up” through cross-sector collaboration

We look at Soil Association’s Food for Life Scotland programme and Scottish Book Trust’s BookBug programme, two examples of how Scottish Government, local government and the third sector are working together to deliver positive outcomes for children in Scotland.

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by Ben Andrews

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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by Lauren Wallace-Thompson

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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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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by Lauren Wallace-Thompson

‘Bringing local leaders together to make a difference’: Applications open now for Regional Leadership for Personalised Care Programmes

We're sharing this call on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement for this fantastic Leadership for Personalised Care programme. It's an inspiring and engaging development opportunity open to teams and individuals from the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector.

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Burcu Borysik, Mayday Trust