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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was the question that motivated Big Local areas from all over England to come to four training events facilitated by Just Ideas in Birmingham, Bristol and York for Local Trust! Each event brought together Big Local partnerships to share their experience of measuring change in their communities, sorting outputs from outcomes and indicators from evidence.
It was an incredible privilege, facilitating a two-day course with WSA Community Consultants for an inspirational group of people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), supporting them in their roles as advocates and campaigners for the rights and voices of people suffering as a result of NCDs.
While intense negotiations at COP21 in Paris concluded 75 Students from across Reading and Wokingham gathered in Reading Borough Council Chambers on 11th December 2015 putting themselves in the positions of country delegations.