There are two ‘re-imagining’ networks. One considers early help for families. Here are the notes from the first meeting.
Re-imaging Early Help Workshop 1, 20th of October
We are a mixed group of people from voluntary and statutory sector working together on behalf of the residents of Barking and Dagenham.
Our objective is to:
- Design, test, and spread innovations that:
- Make it easier for Barking & Dagenham residents to find the help that they need
- Make providing help more fulfilling
- In the first workshops we will be:
- Establishing strong relationships and trust between workshop participants
- Use the synergy of the group to find some quick wins.
Ratio is facilitating the process. It will:
- Guide the conversation to make sure everybody is heard
- Listen and draw out connections between the contributions
- Share examples of good practice in the Borough and elsewhere
- Encourage participants to test and learn from new ideas.
Themes in first meeting
Residents with each other
Helpers with people who need help
Don’t pass it on, see it through
Less step-up and step-down/Residents don’t want to be ‘referred’
Build on what people do well
Spaces that connect (e.g. the school gate)
Neighbourhoods that generate a sense of belonging and trust
Agencies that co-operate and don’t compete
Face to face and digital
Residents have to know what is on offer
Agencies have to know what each other offer
Walking side by side with people
Encouraging more people to join in mutual aid (being helped/offering help)
- Shared ethos
Plain, simple, language that we can all understand
We are all in this together
- Trust in the capability of Barking & Dagenham residents
People will fly if we create the right context
Give residents the right opportunities, skills and the space to think
Change is challenging. There is a lot of fear about the future
Disconnection is our enemy. Too many socially isolated residents.
- Space: Some of the workshop members need space to advance their work
- Community solutions and Participatory City have space to offer
- Lewisham parent-led centres
- Housing panel guide