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Welcome to our Connecting Communities Services Development page

Our next event 28th January : Working in partnership workshop – See Below

Launched in September 2019, Connecting Communities is an umbrella of the following services

  • Navigation: supporting people to the right service at the right time
  • Groups and Activities: that supports wellbeing and recovery
  • Information resources: for health, welfare and social care digital platform
  • Activate café: with affordable food and inspirational creative events
  • Welfare and Benefits: specialist mental health advice & guidance

To ensure Connecting Communities meets the needs of our local community, we use a model of co-production whereby we not only consult and involve but empower people to make decisions with us through a programme of training and development.

To date we have held four workshops

The first – 20.09.2019

Where we asked people to consider what we need to do to become the go to service, results can be seen via the following links:

We Asked The Following Questions

Navigation Co Production Feedback

Welfare & Benefits Co Production Feedback

Information Resources Co Production Feedback

Groups Co Production Feedback

Activiate Cafe Co Production Feedback

At our second workshop – 04.10.2019

We used the previous workshops feedback to prioritise and create pathways of development, an overview of which can be seen via this link and individual service results via the following links:

Navigation Feedback 4th Oct

Welfare And Benefits Feedback 4th Oct

Information Resources Feedback 4th Oct

Groups And Activities Feedback 4th Oct

Activate Cafe Feedback 4th Oct

At our third workshop – 21.11.2019

We combined the actions from previous workshops with those identified by Navigation staff to form specific task/roles we plan to publish and where people can match their skills, experience and abilities to join with us in growing the service.

At our fourth workshop – 03.12.2019

We combined the actions from previous workshops with those identified by Groups staff to form specific task/roles we plan to publish and where people can match their skills, experience and abilities to join with us in growing the service. 

 

Our next event – 28.01.2020 (13.30 – 15.30)

This is the first in a series of three workshops:  Workshop 1 – Clients/Volunteers 

This workshop intends to explore the ideas that come with a group-up approach to working in partnership. We will discuss the practical meaning of ideas such as “ownership”, “inclusion” and “participation”, “listening and hearing” and, most importantly, how to do them, as well as how not to do them.

A key part of this event will be to look at what training people need moving forward. The workshop will be friendly and hopefully a pleasant experience for you, as well as preparing the ground for another workshop where the answers to the questions will be explored with staff. 

Venue: Open House

 

Second in the series of three workshops – 06.02.2020 (13.30 – 15.30)

This is the second in a series of three workshops:  Workshop 2 – Professionals/Staff/Volunteers 

This workshop will follow the same format as the Client/Volunteer event and intends to explore the ideas that come up with a ground-up approach to working in partnerships. 

We will discuss the practical meaning of ideas such as “ownership”, “inclusion and participation”. “listening and hearing” and, most importantly, how to do them, as well as how not to do them. A key part of this event will be to look at what training people will need moving forward. 

The workshop will be friendly and hopefully a thoughtfully pleasant experience, as well as preparing the ground for another workshop. 

Venue Poplar Union

Map Poplar Union

 

Third in the series of three workshops – 13.02.2020 (13.30 – 15.30)

This is the third in a series of three workshops: Workshop 3 – Joint Clients & Professionals 

The purpose of this workshop is to begin to develop an agreed way of working based on ownership and inclusion. We will use the answers to the “expect” questions to do this, posed in the earlier workshops, to develop a “support code” for partnership working based on a concern for mutual respect and empathy – rather than status. 

We will also consider the conduct of future meetings – workshops or formal meetings, and the place of thoughtful openness and humour whichever format. 

To end we will plan training and development sessions based on needs explored during previous workshops. 

Venue Poplar Union

Map Poplar Union

Principles of co-production

We have the results from a pan London event hosted by Toynbee Hall, where experts in the field co-designed principles that have inspired our thinking to grow and develop. There were three workshops with results and links as follows:

Co Producing Services And SupportCo Producing Research And Policy

Co Producing Products And Businesses

Tower Hamlets Adult Mental Health Strategy 2019-2024

We are exploring mapping the aims of the strategy (themes) to the Connecting Communities stages of development, a copy of the draft strategy can be downloaded from the Tower Hamlets web site via this link.

If you are interested in the mapping process, we have extracted the aims of the strategy that form three themes as follows:

Raise Awareness & Understanding Of The Importance Of MH & Wellbeing

Ensure Help Is Available In Time Of Crisis

Ensure Provision Of Mental Health Care & Treatment

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