Mental health matters in our communities

With COVID-19 continuing to take a toll on mental health in our communities, it has been inspiring to kick off new work with Local Trust to support mental health in Big Local areas.

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“Power in our Hands” – Looking back on eight years of Big Local

At Just Ideas we are honoured that Local Trust have drawn on our work in production of a recent paper on resident-led decision making.

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Just Ideas’ and WSA named Practitioner of the Month by At My Best

One of the tools used by the Just Ideas team regularly are At My Best cards and we are delighted to have been named as their Practitioner of the Month joint with WSA.

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Gambia blog – Taking time out to work hard

Recently Just Ideas Director Helen Garforth travelled to the Gambia with charity Caplor Horizons to facilitate training with two different local organisations. In this first blog from the trip, Helen describes the motivation behind the journey and some of the stories that have inspired her from this project.

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Wild Workout at Countryfile Live!

Just Ideas’ Director Helen was delighted to lend her support – and sporting prowess – to our friends at Nature Nurture for the launch of their Wild Workout at Countryfile Live 2019 at Blenheim Palace!

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Co-creating an evaluation framework with UCL Centre for Co-production in Health Research

The UCL Centre for Co-production in Health Research exists to support health professionals, researchers and patients to unlock new ways to address long-standing health issues. Here Just Ideas’ Associate Leila Baker describes a recent blog by Centre co-creator Lizzie Cain summarises what the Centre has learned and gained from Just Ideas’ support.

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Reading Means Business on Climate Change – so do we!

Over 50 organisations including Just Ideas participated in the launch of Reading Business Climate Action Network on October 2nd, which will shape the development of the Reading Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2020-25.

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Understanding Measuring Change: a new blog by Local Trust

Local Trust recently published a blog featuring the recent series of events that they commissioned Just Ideas and WSA Community Consultants to develop and deliver.  We worked with participants from Big Local areas to demystify ‘evaluation’ by sharing experience of measuring change, and exploring a theory of change.

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Working with InterClimate Network to inspire climate action in schools

Against the backdrop of today’s Global Day of climate action – and stark climate headlines over the Summer – at Just Ideas we look forward to supporting this Autumn’s Model Climate Conferences with InterClimate Network (ICN), which will run in Reading, Cheltenham, Bristol, Solihull and London.

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Rethinking Home – our work with Local Trust on engaging transient communities

The increasing movement and ‘churn’ of people within Big Local areas are major challenges to community development, placing pressures on social cohesion. Just Ideas worked with Local Trust and a range of Big Local areas between January and March 2019 on this research into the experience of, and potential for, Big Local areas to engage with ‘new’ or transient groups or communities in their areas.

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