‘Working With Not To’ Update 18/11

Eddie Bartnik’s conference ‘Leadership & Co-Production’ presentation visual minutes


A good question! We have been working on the Working With Not To’ project since May which is less than 6 months, and it has grown bigger and quicker than we could have hoped or anticipated. Mainly due to the ‘gate-openers’ who have stepped forward and share the project with their connections, opened gates, doors and new opportunities. So its genuinely been a co-produced project, at times its been messy, complex and we’ve felt out of our comfort zones and definitely in uncomfortable zones! We’ve also had meetings and been to several great events across Wales which show that co-production is really growing.

Now the project foundations are in place, and we are glad we waited for the outcomes from each meet-up and meeting to define our next action. As there are no models for this or many other co-production projects, the current economic climate and the financial imperative needs new ways of working and thinking differently. Now we have the website and materials, and a growing coproduction community to learn and define new processes and ways together.

We’ve been getting our foundations in place…
We are sourcing funding to make the site bilingual and accessible, and to set-up accredited training; its taking time but its all part of the process of identifying how to do things and assets so we can build something of quality and sustainable. We’re looking for freelance consultant who is Welsh-speaking, based in N Wales and has some experience of event management – please email us if you have any suggestions.

Meet-up 3
The final agenda for meet-up 3 has been confirmed, and its looking like a great event, a great mix of speakers and interactive sessions where participants share their views, knowledge and assets. So far our attendees include representatives from: Disability Wales, Barod, CTA, WCVA, CAB, Community Voice, Making the Connections, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, and Wrexham County Councils, Golygfa Gwydyr, RVS, Cymryd Rhan, Age Connects NWW, CVSC and Stroke Assoc. To read and book please CLICK HERE

Meet-up(s) 4 & 5
Plans are already in place for two meet-ups late January, one in NW Wales hosted by Gwynedd County Council, and one in NW Wales hopefully in the Flintshire area. At the moment we are thinking of BIG meet-up in late March where people from both meet-ups feedback their conversations and actions, learning from each other and identifying case studies and new models. Please contact us if you wish to be part of these.

World Cafés & Events
Over the next month we have be invited to work with several organisations in N Wales to facilitate events, big conversations and World Cafés. Including Public Health North Wales, RAF Valley, Gwynedd Social Enterprise Forum, Anglesey LSB and Denbighshire County Council Social Care. Pam has just completed her online World Café accreditation bring a huge number of new methods and ideas, making the conversations deeper and bigger – can’t wait!

Visual Minutes and hand-drawn video
Fran and her team created visual minutes at the recent ‘Co-production – what it means for Health and Social Care Services’ event in Newport on 12/11/13, with Eddie Bartnik as keynote sharing some great insights on methodology and leadership and coproduction.

We will share these in the near future. At the Co-production event on 11/11/13 the LAC hand-drawn video Fran created with Monmouthshire County Council was shown – it demonstrates how Monmouthshire have changed how they do things, and put what matters to people at the heart of their work.

That’s all for now, we’re publishing our first newsletter in a couple of days which will have more information and updates. We hope to see you at Meet-up 3 next week!