What was the issue you were addressing or working on?
It had been identified through various forums and networks that there was a lack of understanding around the ethos of co-production & partnership working. Partnership members felt that they would like the opportunity to improve relationships with other organisations, extend community connections and as most organisations are extremely busy they would like to try and achieve this all in one go. So we had to look at how this could be encapsulated within a one-day event.
What you did?
As part of the change fund information sharing with stakeholders the Support Team organised and attended a Change Fund Presentation and Speed Networking event, inviting along statutory, community, third and independent sectors, users, carers, providers and commissioners of care. Thus enabling organisations and individuals to meet, interact, network and find out more about the services that are currently being offered in the Stirling & Clackmannanshire areas.
The Stakeholder Event was held on the 20th August 2013. All the organisations invited were given the opportunity to provide an Information Table to further advertise their services to all the attendees. Some of the current Change Fund recipients were allocated timeslots to deliver a presentation enabling them to give further insight on how their services are making changes to the lives of our older citizens. Also, there were two one-hour long speed networking sessions, which were organised in a way that gave consideration to the area of work and the location each attendee came from. This enhanced the sharing of information. Each attendee was challenged to make contact with someone from the event within 1 month. The Support Team also produced a comprehensive information document of all the Change Fund recipients and their services; this was issued to each attendee for future reference. A copy of this document is available here
What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?
A total of 94 attendees from 29 different organisations attended the event; the organisations came from both Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire. Some of the organisations were Central Carers Associations, NHS Forth Valley, Royal Voluntary Service, Dementia Centre, PRTC, Scottish Health Council, and ACS Care at Home. At the end of the event, the organisers carried out an evaluation from all guests who attended and the feedback was as follows:
- 92% of the attendees felt they gained a lot from the presentations
- 96% found the networking event very useful
- 93 guests attended the information tables
- 62 guests found the information tables very useful and 38 found them useful
- 83 attendees found the stakeholder day very useful and the other 17 found it usefulFrom feedback, the day has improved understanding of the co-production ethos, given a better understanding of the Change Plan for Older People and the services that are being provided. There has been further development of partnership working and relationship building, additional links and contacts made. Partners have been able to establish where there are gaps in the current provision. Finally, there has been continual follow up activities through the support team.
Contacts - to find out more
Catherine Cockburn, Change Fund Engagement Officer, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, email@example.com
Stephanie McNairney, Administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org
George Howie, Change Plan Engagement Officer, Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface – email@example.com