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STOP PRESS!! extra-special Network events…

LET’S GO CO-PRO! with Edgar Cahn and co-pro champions

Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Cardiff & Vale College, Cardiff CF10 5FE

Two interactive half-day events with the founding father of co-pro (and Co-pro Network patron) and a plethora of co-pro champions – citizens and organisations who are changing the world! Aimed at all those interested in taking the co-pro plunge but who need evidence/support or inspiration…all will be in plentiful supply.

Tickets are free. First come first served as spaces are limited. Booking form on our Eventbrite page.


As a Network, we’re aiming to get a finger in every co-pro pie we can find, and to ensure that all the pie-makers have at least one finger (in the nicest sense) in the Network. Reciprocity in practice!

As a first step Mark and Judith have been busy getting to know the co-pro community (and the potential co-pro community) and spreading the word about the Network. They’ve run events, training & workshops up and down the country; have produced information leaflets, articles, and a monthly Newsletter, given presentations and participated in discussions about policy and practice at all levels. And Mark has produced a film about the 5 principles of co-pro with the lovely folk from Learning Disability Wales plus we’re working on additional resources for both professionals and citizens.

Next step is a major MEMBERSHIP DRIVE since, sure as eggs is eggs, we can’t do this without you!

Other recent & curr(a)nt pies include:

Measuring the Mountain: (with Neil Wooding of the National Statistics Office and a collection of co-pro lovelies including SenseMaker genius Bethan Smith): a plan for a co-produced evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being Act, using people’s stories and a citizen jury to discover what’s going  well and how to do more of the good stuff. The proposal is on our Resources page. Delectable WG radicals Albert Heaney and Andrea Giordano are keen to help us make it happen, and the Carnegie folk might also step in to assist. This could be awesome!

Commissioning for co-production and outcomes: a multi-pronged approach to changing the way we do things, assisted by the New Economics Foundation and the expertise of Jon Skone whose co-pro commissioning paper was warmly received by the Finance Minister. Lots of interesting conversations starting up – and equally interesting actions – within the National Commissioning Board, the Social Services Improvement Agency and Learning Disabilities Wales’ commissioning sub-group. Plus several local authorities who are beginning to shift to a co-pro approach (rousing hoorahs for Pembrokeshire and Swansea among others…)

Co-production Expert Classes (funded by the Care Council): seven ‘what, why and how’ sessions delivered across Wales to around 150 participants from local authorities, health and the third sector. The slides from the sessions are on the Care Council Learning Hub. Responses were massively positive – there’s a huge desire to get back to this value-based way of working, and an equally huge desire to get rid of the structures and systems that are preventing us. Such as output-based commissioning, short-term funding, and KPIs. If we stick together on this one we will prevail (and if we don’t we’m doooomed!).

Seeing is Believing: the Co-production Catalogue (a partnership between Co-pro Wales, Public Health Wales and the Network): inspiring case studies from across Wales, along with an explanation of what co-pro is and isn’t, an evaluation tool, and a pile of resources. Hosted on the Good Practice Wales website.

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