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Co-operative Neighbourhoods: working together

Participatory workshop

Date/Time: 25 January 2017

Venue: The Core, Science Central, Bath Lane

Recent initiatives such as Big Society and the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network, as well as a series of schemes supported by the Big Lottery, have sought to activate communities to achieve policy objectives.

Communities and the individuals within them are sometimes asked to take on responsibilities for services that no longer receive public funding, or to bid for and deliver services against agendas set by others. While many of the roles being offered to communities offer opportunities, they do not necessarily secure them any greater influence over the design and delivery of services supplied to their area.

Giving community actors a role in the co-design and co-delivery of services has the potential to form part of a progressive response to austerity. But this agenda requires that service providers undergo a huge culture shift and dramatic budget cuts can make this shift even harder to achieve.

This one day workshop will

  • Reflect on the progress which has been made to activate communities and draw on their knowledge and energy
  • Explore community efforts to promote innovation in service delivery
  • Ask how we can work together better in order to be more effective
  • Debate whether digital technology can help in this collaborative working

In addition to short presentations, there may be opportunities to be a discussant on the day, reflecting on examples presented by other participants. If you would like to offer some reflective points please indicate this when booking.

Participants confirmed to date include:

  • Caroline Emmerson of Churches Acting Together on the Reclaim the Lanes community-led project
  • Collaborate on their report ‘Moving from the Margins’
  • Alan Barlow, WEA Greening Wingrove Project Manager, on his experience using community voting
  • Giroscope, Hull on self-help housing and working collaboratively in a deprived area
  • Robert Webb of Transmit Enterprise CIC on the Poverty Stoplight initiative designed to tackle multi-dimensional poverty and the potential to develop this using digital technology  

This event is organised by Dr David Webb and funded by the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) and Newcastle University for Social Renewal (NISR).

The workshop is free and open to all, although booking is required by 18 January 2017. 

See the draft programme for timings (may be subject to change).