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Working across sectors: arts and social care

After an encounter with some goats and successfully escaping a multi-story car park on route from sunny Dunkeld to Dundee, I eventually arrived at the Discovery Point centre overlooking the Tay. There, I was joining people from the arts, social care, education, justice, health and youth services to explore collaboration. The question for the day was ‘how …

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Project Springboard

Co-production is a process that creates change. It is a way of working with, rather than doing to, people and communities to achieve better outcomes.  Done well, the co-production process can support organisations and individuals become agents for change. This free resource builds on the work included in the co-production project planner. It is designed …

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On being ‘human exhibits’ at Fire Starter launch

Myself and Ali Jones from Iriss set off on a cold January morning to celebrate the launch of ;Firestarter Festival 2019. Fire Starter Festival is a two-week festival of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we can all transform ourselves, our organisations and the wider system. The theme was ‘designing’ …

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Using the planner to navigate tricky conversations

Hello from Govan Community Project! My name is Tilly and I’m the project coordinator for our Participatory Action Research (PAR) project. PAR is a collaborative form of research, based around breaking down the hierarchy between “professional researcher” and the unprofessional “researched subject”. This “researched subject” is often groups of people, and often groups of marginalised …

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Co-producing Cultural Competency: Working with the Govanhill Roma Community

About the project This three-month project was inspired by the Iriss Insight exploring social work’s role in upholding the human rights of Scottish Gypsy Travellers. The Insight highlighted the need for state agencies including those involved in health, social care and social work, to incorporate culturally competent practice into their services to Scottish Gypsy Travellers. …

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Working with Scottish Gypsy Travellers and Roma communities

On 7 March, 2018, around 50 delegates joined Iriss for a day of discussion and talks. The theme of the day was to explore how co-production can equip social services with the cultural competency they need when working with Gypsy Traveller and Roma communities. It was a chance to identify the unique challenges facing these two …

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Edinburgh Together

We ran a workshop for the Edinburgh Together ASL Consortium on 28 June 2018, which aimed to give people from the service time 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 …

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