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Learning Event on Social Action

Date: 
Wed, 29/06/2016 - 09:00 - 13:00
Location: 
Trentham and Rudyard Rooms, Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street, Stafford ST16 2DH

The Cabinet Office Social Action Team, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and Staffordshire County Council invite you to participate in our upcoming Regional Learning Event, focused on the theme of social action.

Social action, in its simplest articulation, is ‘people helping people’. It encompasses befriending and neighbourliness, volunteering, peer support, community organising, advocacy and social movements. It has strong links to both co-production and commoning, and is part of a shift of power from government towards the grassroots that is taking place across the country.

Staffordshire has been working with NEF and the Cabinet Office over a six month period to develop an approach to enabling social action as part of a strategic vision for empowering public services which achieve better outcomes. Through two local area pilots and work to create a Council-wide plan for community capacity building, the County and its partners have learned a great deal about social action.

On Wednesday 29th June, 9am-1pm we are convening local authorities and other commissioning authorities in the West Midlands to hear more about Staffordshire’s emerging approach and explore how to:

  • Create resourceful communities where people are agents of change and shape their own lives
  • Develop and support the role of co-production and people helping people in public services
  • Strike a better balance between public sector as provider and public sector as enabler
  • Work with the voluntary sector to cultivate leaders who can support new and existing social action projects, led by citizens.

Speakers include: Katy Owen, Head of Enabling in the Cabinet Office's Social Action Team; Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities at Staffordshire County Council; Andrew Donaldson, Head of Strategic Policy and Partnerships at Staffordshire County Council, and Sarah Lyall, Researcher at the New Economics Foundation.

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