'Co-production in a changing world' is the theme of this year's Co-production Week in England. The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is hosting a series of webinars and online workshops on the theme, which explores the challenges and opportunities posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and ways to reframe narratives.
John Evans from SCIE's Co-production, Equalities & Human Rights Steering Group says:
We believe that co-production is more crucial now than ever. One of the inspiring features of this pandemic is seeing how co-production has come into its own in local communities to find solutions to the problems we have been facing. It has been very moving too - seeing the emergence of self-help and mutual groups springing up to make that vital difference to their communities.
Read the latest SCIE blogs and follow all the action using the hashtag #CoProWeek on Twitter.
We've been active in promoting co-production as a way of working for many years now. Our Co-production Planner provides guidance on getting started with a project.
We published a short paper, Iriss on...co-production to support an asylum seeking community, with an insight from Matilda Alexander Hallworth, Project Coordinator at the Govan Community Project.
Read a case study of how we supported the Edinburgh Together ASL Consortium to think about how they can embed cultures that support co-production. The ASL (Additional Support for Learning) service at City of Edinburgh Council works closely with schools, parents, medical professionals and partnership services and agencies to provide specialist teaching and support to children and young people across Edinburgh.
We also explored how co-production can equip social services with the cultural competency it needs when working with Gypsy Traveller and Roma communities.