Wellbeing Our Way's newsletter: 20 February 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>>,

At Wellbeing Our Way’s heart is the belief that voluntary and community organisations, alongside people with long-term health needs, can play a powerful role in enabling people to enjoy optimism and control over their lives.

We already bring people together in a variety of ways to learn from each other, and to share great practice and constructive challenge:
  • Our communities of practice support the spread and adoption of person-centred approaches like peer support and supported self-management.
  • Our masterclasses introduce practical tools and approaches like systems leadership, coproduction and facilitation techniques.
  • The WOW! Exchange is an open-access ‘catalogue’ of great practice across the voluntary sector.
We’re excited to introduce Wellbeing Our Way’s new organisational timebank. All members of Wellbeing Our Way’s communities of practice will now have automatic access - use your usual login to your community of practice online forum and have a look at the introduction to how to use the timebank.
Wellbeing Our Way’s timebank is an opportunity to share your skills with others and receive their help in return. Every contribution is equal – one hour shared can be swapped for an hour in return.
You’re free to be as creative as you like with what you offer; perhaps you have an underused meeting room, experience of impact measurement, or a keen eye for graphic design. Whatever it is, please list it on the timebank and look out for something useful in return!
If you work within a VCSE organisation and are not a member of one of our communities of practice but would like to join Wellbeing Our Way’s timebank, please get in touch.
In this edition’s blog, Claire Tomkinson (Trustee at Timebanking UK) reflects on timebanking as an opportunity to build upon the strengths of people and their communities by recognising that everyone has something to offer.

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

Event: Facilitation Masterclass

29 March, 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

Event: Coproduction Masterclass

30 March, 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.

Priority will be given to National Voices’ members and members of Wellbeing Our Way’s communities of practice; any remaining spaces will be available for Coalition for Collaborative Care partners.
Register for the Coproduction Masterclass

Events: Greater Manchester communities of practice

Peer support community of practice
Thursday 2 March, 10am - 12 noon
Age UK Tameside, Lancashire, OL6 7AW

Supporting self-management community of practice
Thursday 2 March, 1-3pm
Age UK Tameside, Lancashire, OL6 7AW

Joint peer support and supporting self-management community of practice
Thursday 6 April, 10am-12.30pm
Macc, Manchester, M4 5JW

If you have questions or would like to register for any of these events, please get in touch with Emma Baylin.

Opportunity: Action Learning in Greater Manchester

Action learning is an approach which brings together small groups of colleagues to tackle real problems or issues in order to get things done; using insightful questions to use their experience and learn from each other as they attempt to change things.

We are offering members of Greater Manchester's communities of practice the opportunity to be involved in an Action Learning set. The set will run for six sessions which will be arranged at a mutually convenient time to the group. To find out more, or register your interest, please get in touch with Emma.

Resources: Systems leadership, coproduction and communities of practice

You can now access the range of resources shared in our recent masterclasses:

Timebanking: Defining people and communities by what they can offer

"Everywhere I go at the moment people are talking about Chapter Two of the Five Year Forward View - how to have a new relationship with people and communities, what this means and how it is achieved ‘on the ground’."

Claire Tomkinson blogs about the role of Timebanking as an opportunity to build upon the strengths of people and their communities by recognising that everyone has something to offer, including those who are often defined as disadvantaged or vulnerable.
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.
Together for Mental Wellbeing set out to quantify the value of its peer support in Hampshire, both for those delivering and receiving it, by undertaking a Social Return on Investment study. Together found that for every pound spent, the support yielded a return of £4.94. Together now plans to increase the number of people benefitting by exploring different ways of enabling people to access peer support. Find out more.
We all age, but ageing well can be easier and more achievable than first expected. Based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, charities in Bristol have worked with local older people to produce a booklet entitled ‘The Little Book of AWE – Ageing Well Everyday’ with key messages and tips on how to incorporate activities and attitudes to our daily lives to improve our wellbeing and happiness, with a focus on later life. Find out more.
Have a look, get inspired, and share your work
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