Open Letter to the First Minister – on a roll!

We’re collecting signatures for an open letter to the Welsh Government asking that co-production principles be enshrined in legislation. Over 250 of us from 145 organisations have signed to date, and we’ve received statements of support from senior co-pro colleagues from Scotland, England, Australia, Canada and USA.

Here it is. (Welsh version below.)

Dear First Minister

We are writing to you as citizens, service recipients, carers, volunteers and public-service professionals.

We share the Welsh Government’s belief that the growing crisis in public services will only be solved if all citizens truly have a voice – contributing as equal partners to decisions about service commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation. We are delighted that this belief is a central tenet of the draft Social Services and Well-being Bill.

However, we are acutely aware that it is difficult to turn aspirations into reality, to transform the way we do things.

We believe that co-production offers a practical, evidence-based response to this challenge. Co-production is a simple idea: it’s about individuals, communities and organisations pooling their experience, skills and knowledge to identify and solve problems. It draws on our best traditions of mutuality and co-operation.

Co-production is transformative. Its use results in genuine empowerment of all partners, in relationships of trust and reciprocity, and in more focused, effective and sustainable services. The ultimate outcomes are stronger communities and increased well-being for individuals.

A co-produced approach to commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of services would help ensure that the Welsh Government’s vision for the future of public services becomes a reality. We ask that, as our Government, you use the opportunity provided through primary legislation to ensure that the principles of co-production are at the heart of public services in Wales, enshrined in key legislation, such as the Social Services and Well-being Bill, and the up-coming Sustainable Development and Housing Bills.

Yours sincerely…

Do join in… add your signature via this link.

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Annwyl Brif Weinidog

Rydym yn ysgrifennu atoch fel dinasyddion, gofalwyr, gwirfoddolwyr a gweithwyr proffesiynol ym maes y gwasanaethau cyhoeddus.

Rhannwn gred Llywodraeth Cymru na fydd modd mynd i’r afael â’r argyfwng cynyddol yn y gwasanaethau cyhoeddus heb sicrhau bod pawb yn cael cyfle i gyfrannu, a hynny mewn modd cwbl gyfartal, i benderfyniadau ynglŷn â chomisynu, cynllunio, darparu a gwerthuso’r gwasanaethau hynny. Ymfalchïwn yn y ffaith bod y gred hon yn egwyddor ganolog yn y Bil Gwasanaethau a Llesiant drafft.

Ar yr un pryd, rydym yn ymwybodol mai tasg anodd yw gwireddu dyheadau o’r fath, gan weddnewid y ffordd yr ydym yn gwneud ein gwaith.

Credwn fod cydgynhyrchu yn cynnig ymateb i’r argyfwng hwn sydd yn ymarferol ac wedi’i seilio ar dystiolaeth gadarn. Syniad syml yw cydgynhyrchu. Mae’n rhoi cyfle i unigolion, cymunedau a sefydliadau rannu profiad, sgiliau a gwybodaeth wrth adnabod a datrys problemau. Mae’n tynnu ar ein traddodiadau cydweithredol gorau.

Mae cydgynhyrchu yn gweddnewid bywydau. Trwy ddod at ei gilydd mewn ysbryd cytûn a chefnogol, mae pob partner yn elwa ac yn cyfrannu at wasanaethau mwy effeithiol a chynaliadwy. Yn y pen draw, mae hyn yn cryfhau ein cymunedau ac yn cynnig bywyd mwy cyflawn i’r unigolyn.

Byddai ymgymryd â chomisynu, cynllunio, darparu a gwerthuso mewn modd cydgynhyrchiol yn sicrhau bod modd gwireddu gweledigaeth Llywodraeth Cymru  ar gyfer ein gwasanaethau cyhoeddus. Erfynwn arnoch chi, felly, i ddefnyddio deddfwriaeth sylfaenol er mwyn sicrhau bod egwyddorion cydgynhyrchu wrth galon gwasanaethau cyhoeddus yng Nghymru ac yn cael eu hymgorffori mewn mesurau deddfwriaethol allweddol megis y Bil Gwasanaethau a Llesiant.

Yn gywir…

Peidiwch ymuno i mewn .. ychwanegu eich llofnod drwy’r ddolen hon.

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About Ruth

UK National Teaching Fellow and Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University. Founder of Co-production Wales (All in this Together), co-pro trainer and consultant, working to make co-production 'the way we do things' in Wales. And having a ball!

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