nef’s Co-production Commissioning Masterclasses coming to Wales

UPDATE! our south Wales Masterclasses kick off on 9th & 10th of July with delegates from Welsh Government, WCVA, Participation Cymru, local authorities, Big Lottery, Wales Co-operatives and plenty of third-sector radicals. Places still available on the north Wales Masterclasses in October…

UPDATE! 45 expressions of interest so far – plus several offers of venues and a mountain of enthusiasm. We are hoping to find a way of running two Masterclass series, in north and south Wales. The new economics foundation are very keen to support us but they are a small organisation with limited funding so capacity is an issue. Hope to have more information next week…

Let joy be unbounded! The lovely folk at nef, along with the wonderful Helen Sharp from Lambeth Council, have offered to run their Co-pro Commissioning Masterclasses in Wales. The intention is to build a professional peer-support network for commissioners – across England and Wales – who will help kick-start this outcomes-based way of working and support others to do likewise.

You can get an overview of the general aspirations of the initiative in the attached document – ‘Commissioners’ network: commissioning for outcomes, social value and co-production’. Commissioners’ Network  This is specific to the London-based sessions which start next month.

The Welsh Masterclasses will have the same aims, and contain the same core content, but are likely to be run over fewer, more intensive sessions. We’re discussing the how, where and when with nef – will let you know when details are finalised.

Feel free to contact us  for more information. You’ll also find a link to a nef presentation on co-produced commissioning on our resources page.

This could be a game-changer!


Co-production and Education – can it work?

We are delighted that Communities and Schools Together (CaST Cymru) are hosting the next meeting of the co-production network in south Wales on the theme of education: on Thursday 20 March 2014, from 1.00 – 4.00, at Ferndale Community School.
Co-production network meetings are free to attend and are open to anyone with an interest in co-production. All welcome: co-production network members and non-members, scholls and local authorities,… Please book via eventbrite however to secure your place:

There will be presentations from:

  • Ruth Dineen – Director, Co-Production Wales (All in this Together)
  • Pam Boyd – Chief Executive, CaST Cymru
  • Paul Thomas – Ferndale Community High School
  • Steve Williams – Spice Innovations (Time Credits)
  • Jenny O’Hara – Interlink RCT (‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Child’)

+ others to be confirmed, and time for discussion and networking.Hope to see you there!