Wellbeing Our Way's newsletter: 13 March 2017
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Wellbeing Our Way brings together charities, community organisations and individuals. We work together to develop culture and practice across the voluntary sector to enable people with health needs to live well, in ways that matter to them.
Dear <<First Name>>,

There's increasing interest in communities of practice as a means for facilitating learning and constructive challenge between people with particular expertise:
  • Realising the Value's communities of practice contributed to understanding the behavioural, cultural and systemic change needed to achieve meaningful transformation around person-centred, community-focused approaches.
  • The Queen’s Nursing Institute coordinates a national network of over 1500 community nurses and other health professionals focused on improving healthcare for people who have some of the poorest health outcomes in the country.
  • The Social Prescribing Network brings together health professionals, researchers, academics, social prescribing practitioners, the community and voluntary sector, commissioners and funders, patients and citizens to share knowledge and best practice to support social prescribing at local and national levels.
In this edition's blog, Stephen Scowcroft reflects on how being part of Wellbeing Our Way's supporting self management community of practice supported Lymphoma Association to develop its 'live your life - living with and beyond lymphoma' programme.

Wellbeing Our Way's impact report has further examples of the changes its communities of practice are helping create. There are a wealth of opportunities to get involved in Wellbeing Our Way including upcoming masterclasses and contributing to our timebank - please do get involved.

Best wishes,
Natalie Koussa
Programme Lead - Wellbeing Our Way
Emma Baylin
Regional Coordinator - Wellbeing Our Way (Greater Manchester)

Facilitation Masterclass - last few spaces!

29 March, 9.30am-1pm, central London

Great facilitation can enable problem solving, deepen stakeholder engagement and energise strategic-level planning. This masterclass will introduce participants to a range of techniques which can promote more purposeful conversations and lead to better outcomes.

The masterclass is designed to enable those working in involvement, policy, campaigning, communications or management roles and is open to National Voices' members and Wellbeing Our Way's communities of practice.
Register for the Facilitation Masterclass

Coproduction Masterclass - last few spaces!

30 March, 9.30am-3pm, Manchester
Wellbeing Our Way, in partnership with the Coalition for Collaborative Care, is hosting a coproduction masterclass for people working within charities, community organisations and wider health and social care settings.

The masterclass will be a practical introduction to coproduction including what it is, how to get started and how to develop your organisation’s approach to working alongside people with lived experience.

This event is for members of Wellbeing Our Way’s communities of practice – those working within Greater Manchester’s voluntary and statutory health and care services are welcome to join. Remaining spaces will be available for National Voices’ members and Coalition for Collaborative Care partners.
Register for the Coproduction Masterclass

Greater Manchester communities of practice

6 April, 10am-12.30pm, Manchester

This will be a joint meeting of the peer support and supporting self management communities of practice and will focus on two themes:
  • Coproduction: what does coproduction look like in practice; what can we learn from each other; what do we need from the ‘system’ to support this?
  • Impact and evaluation: exploring evaluation and impact measurement methodologies to suit a range of audiences and participants.
To join this meeting, please get in touch with Emma.
There are a few places remaining in our new action learning set - if you would like to join or find out more, please get in touch with Emma by 20 March.

QISMET presenting at community of practice meeting

19 April, 2-4pm, central London
QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality by developing Quality Standards defining good practice and certificating providers against these Standards. Graham Baker (QISMET Director) will be presenting at Wellbeing Our Way’s next supporting self-management community of practice meeting, and all National Voices members are very welcome to join. Go to our website for more information about QISMET and this meeting.
Register for the QISMET community of practice meeting

Timebanking: Get involved!

Wellbeing Our Way's timebank is now up and running. Offers so far include support to develop your communications strategy and knowledge of affordable central London venues.

To access the timebank, log in to Wellbeing Our Way's forums on National Voices' website. Please get in touch with Holly if you need any help or would like to request log in details.

'Live your life' - using the Wellbeing Our Way approach

The 'Live your life – living with and beyond lymphoma programme' provides education and support for people who have been diagnosed with and treated for lymphoma.

In this blog, the Lymphoma Association's Stephen Scowcroft describes the programme, and how being part of Wellbeing Our Way's supporting self-management community of practice helped the programme's development.
Read Stephen's blog
WOW! Exchange
Wellbeing Our Way's WOW! Exchange is an online catalogue of more than 100 examples of how charities and community groups are enabling people to live well, in the ways which matter to them.

The examples are searchable by person-centred approach (e.g. peer support, supporting self management) and population group (e.g. children, LGBT+) so you can easily find the examples most useful for your own work.

Young Roots’ peer support project aims to help young refugees and asylum seekers improve their English through peer mentoring.

The project supports 16 – 25 year old refugees or asylum seekers who have a good grasp of English to mentor one or two young refugees or asylum seekers who are at a lower level. Find out more.

Possability People have been working in partnership with their local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Friends, Families and Travellers to support people to use Personal Health Budgets (PHBs). The partnership aims to provide better health outcomes for a member of the travelling community, and to pilot the use of a PHB in being influential in providing good health outcomes for people from minority groups. Find out more.
Have a look, get inspired, and share your work
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