The manager of the Communities First Support Service*, Russell Todd, explains how he planned a programme of focus groups with the Communities First workforce, service users and the equalities sector in Wales as part of the #TalkCommunities engagement about the future of Communities First. The engagement process that began in the aftermath of the Cabinet Secretary Read more about How to plan a programme of focus groups – the #TalkCommunities experience[…]
The most recent North Wales Participation Network was held as part of a wider event – the Festival of Behaviour Change which took place in Pontio, Bangor University and was organised in partnership with Wales Audit Office and Good Practice Wales.
The Behaviour Change Festival was aimed at people with an interest in social change or innovation in roles in healthcare, education, local and national government and the voluntary sector…
In the Participation Cymru team we love spending time outdoors and the opportunity of holding a network in the open air is an idea we’ve thrown around for a while. So, just after the early May Bank Holiday weekend we held our first ever practitioner network event that took place in nature with the help Read more about Networking in nature[…]
Presentations created using PowerPoint have been a large part of the business world for the past 20 years. A presentation is a speech that’s meant to inform, persuade or build good relationships; the slides that appear behind the speaker are there to compliment their words. The concept of presenting in this style is here to stay, but why do traditionally styled presentations seem so boring these days?
At the All Wales Participation Network this year, Joe Powell set the tone with a powerful opening speech about the importance of full participation in society for people with learning disabilities. Joe was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 1996 and has spent 11 years in social care. He is now National Director of All Wales Read more about Participation is key to challenging discrimination[…]
Co-production seems to be the latest buzz word to be found in all sectors of public service and some would argue that is means different things to different people. In the participation networks that took place at the beginning of May, we explored what co-production means to people and tried to make sense of what Read more about May Regional Participation Networks: Co-production[…]
Participation Cymru recently attended a workshop at the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales offices (OPCW). The workshop looked at a range of scenarios that affect older people and how the new Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Bill would impact on their situation, would it make it better, worse or have no impact? The majority Read more about Legislation and participation[…]
The mere notion of meeting and influencing new people at breakfast time sends me into a cold sweat but this is exactly what I was asked to facilitate at the WCVA Conference, ‘Engage! Collaborative Working’ in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea this week. About 20 people from a variety of third sector organisations in Wales turned Read more about Networking at breakfast!!![…]