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Losing control

7 February 2019 - 3:56pm

So… this week I have spent two days in Birmingham being energised, inspired and challenged with bells on* by the people I met at Losing Control (a conference hosted by Practical Governance and the Social Change Agency).

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The power of digital to support collaboration

7 August 2018 - 9:13pm

Ordinary Radical – Lucy Cuzzocrea

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Leaning into discomfort - the challenge of partnership working

15 May 2018 - 11:04pm

‘Lean into the discomfort’ is a little mantra I’ve been speaking over myself a lot lately. I picked it up as a concept in personal development training and it’s something I always come back to after reflecting upon my frustrations about partnership working, frustrations I guess we all have when working outside of our own organisional boundaries. It’s one of those concepts, which basically means ‘this is going to feel really scary but it will be worth it’ -sounds great in theory but the reality will cost you! 

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The strength in Community Connect

2 August 2017 - 3:04pm

As a way of keeping up to date with the transformational changes taking place in Adult Social Care, I’ve read the ‘Strengths-based social work practice with adults’ roundtable report

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Fit and Fed - Shaping a youth offer for Middlesbrough

1 June 2017 - 4:22pm

Guest blog by John Downes, Head of Network Development at Streetgames

In a time when we are in the run up to a general election many questions are being asked by young people on what the future will look like for them.  It was interesting on last night’s leaders debates that Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood mentioned the role that youth service and youth workers play in helping shape the future of young peoples’ lives. 

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