Co-production has become somewhat of a corporate buzzword of late, skating dangerously close to tokenistic territory. But when applied properly, for the right reasons, co-production is the best way to provide effective support services for the most vulnerable people in our local communities.
Across the country, along with 11 other Big Lottery-funded Fulfilling Lives Programmes we are working to create system change and improve services for people with multiple and complex needs, through co-production.
From 2nd – 6th July 2018, we are all celebrating the third national Co-production Week… #coproweek. Co-production is at the heart of the Fulfilling Lives Programme, ensuring people with lived experience have a real say in the design and delivery of support services.
Co-production Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the benefits of co-production, share good practice, and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers in the development of better public services.
Here at Opportunity Nottingham, we’re promoting the fantastic work that has come out of giving a platform and the control to the people who we support, and who have lived experience of multiple and complex needs. The example below is just one of many!
The Pledge focuses on the improvement of Beneficiary and staff experiences across all services. A number of workshops and meetings with Expert Citizens and service staff took place in order to create The Pledge. It considers what Beneficiaries would like from a service, how they would like to be treated, and they will engage with services and treat service staff. At its core are honesty, understanding and belief.
The aim is that The Pledge will be adopted by other services in Nottingham, and set a level of service delivery and interaction that everyone can work towards.
To us, co-production isn’t just a buzzword to throw into articles and tenders. Co-production means real change.
It means listening to all voices around the table.
It means valuing lived experience and being respectful of different perspectives.
It means co-creating something and educating each other.