On Wednesday 30th November, some of the Opportunity Nottingham Team delivered a presentation/workshop at The University of Birmingham. The audience included a mix of local practitioners, Birmingham University students, and students from their partner university, The University of Melbourne.
The half-day session was titled Engagement - why bother? and considered the involvement of Beneficiaries in service development. Students were given background to the Opportunity Nottingham project including the aims of the project, and provided with some examples of our work including case studies. They were then asked to consider how they would involve people with multiple and complex needs in the design, delivery and evaluation of a new service. Discussions were facilitated by Beneficiaries of the project, and they each shared their lived-experience to enable the students to form strong and informed ideas on service design.
Feedback was excellent, with students highlighting the knowledge of the Opportunity Nottingham Team and insight from our Beneficiaries as being particularly impactful. We are now looking at rolling this training out to other institutions. If you would like to find out more, you can call us on 0115 850 4128.