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Connect Hackney – March 2021

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Hello all 
Welcome to the March edition of the Connect Hackney Newsletter. 

Upcoming Connect Hackney events to build skills and support change

This month we have more details for you on our upcoming Connect Hackney’s Ageing Well in Hackney: Finding solutions for Older People’s isolation learning series.
The tapestry of voices and wisdom, gleaned from extensive personal and professional experience from our project participants and delivery partners, combined with the latest scientific insights from our university research team, makes these events our richest yet. These sessions will feature a combination of themed creative contributions, discussions and interactive activities, case studies and programme evaluation and learning highlights. Spaces are limited so reserve your spaces now.

A) Co-production – the new gold standard –

How to successfully embed successful co-production into your work and understand the potential benefits. 
Thursday 18th March 10 am – 1 pm
Agendas and more details and to book your place
Book a place at 18 March event

B) Embedding diversity across services –

How to increase diversity within your service to further its impact; and understand the benefits of adopting a targeted approach.
Tuesday 23rd March 2 pm – 5 pm
Agenda, more details and to book your space
Book a place at 23 March event

Agendas

The guideline agenda for event A) Co-production – the new gold standard:
  • 10.00am – Welcome and introduction
  • 10.25pm – Breakout session 1 – Discussion to explore what we understand about Co-production
  • 10.40am – Presentation by University of East London on Co-production
  • 11.00am – Break 5 mins
  • 11.05am – Co-produced creative pieces, case study presentations from Connect Hackney Delivery Partners and project participants, and panel discussion Q&A
  • 11.55am – Break – 2 (optional chair yoga/stretch) 10 mins
  • 12.05pm – Breakout session 2 – Discussion to explore how we can embed co-production in our way of working, with a a goal to identify your action steps to support this.
  • 12.35pm – Plenary
  • 12.50pm – Closing remarks
  • 1.00pm – Event close
Book here
The guideline agenda for event b) Embedding diversity across services:
  • 2.00pm – Welcome and introduction
  • 2.25pm – Breakout session 1 – Discussion to explore what we understand about Diversity
  • 2.40pm – Presentation by local evaluators on successful approaches and tactics to reach, engage and retain diverse participants across services
  • 3.00pm – Break 5 mins
  • 3.05pm – Co-produced creative pieces, Case study presentations from Connect Hackney Delivery Partners and project participants, and panel discussion Q&A
  • 3.55pm – Break – 2 (optional chair yoga/stretch) 10 mins
  • 4.05pm – Breakout session 2 – Discussion to explore how we can embed diversity across services, with a goal to identify your action steps to support this.
  • 4.35pm – Plenary
  • 4.50pm – Closing remarks
  • 5.00pm – Event close
Book here 

Spaces are limited for both events, so we recommend you book early to secure your space. These sessions are part of a series and follow on from our November event which focused on the digital divide, and systems change. We look forward to seeing you there!

Your wellbeing

Next, it is coming up to a year since the UK went into its first lockdown on 23 March 2020, and we have all been feeling the strain.
This month we have a guest wellbeing article from one of our delivery partners, Danny Orchard from Core Clapton on “Living Well with Pain”, which is something a lot of us have been experiencing more of since our lives have become more static and sedentary with less freedom to go out and about. You can read this article in full here.

Connect Hackney’s Learning Network

This quarter our Learning Network, the community for our delivery partners to share learning, met to discuss issues we will be exploring in more detail in our learning events – how to define co-production and community assets, based on how they have been working, and examining how they can help to affect systems change through their work.

The consensus was that through being part of Connect Hackney, our delivery partners felt they had gained confidence, skills and connections to be able to represent, reflect and magnify the needs of the communities they serve; they feel more able to influence policymakers and bring valuable insight to the table to affect real change.

Furthermore, policymakers and funders benefit from the experience and wisdom from our delivery partners who are better placed to capture this learning based on their delivery experience.

This is reflected by the fact that some of our projects that have not had continuation funding have opted to remain a part of the Learning network.

Sharon from RNID tells us: “It is good to hear the offer to still be involved in Connect Hackney’s Learning Network Meetings. I have really found the meetings and group a great networking and development tool and has contributed to the success of my project. I would love to continue being part of it. I look forward to hearing from you and the other delivery partners.”

The need for networks that connect smaller VCS organisations and groups to each other and that are embedded in the community and best placed to know their needs, as well as connecting them to policy makers and funders, is an important one that has been highlighted clearly here.

Connect Hackney news pages

Resources

Finally, we have some useful free resources for you, especially good if you have a busy schedule:
i)    Here you can read the summary paper of our annual report and get all the highlights. 

ii) Here we have distilled our Connect Hackney key messages to help clarify the most important learning.
Best wishes,
Sarah and Connect Hackney Team 
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