Co-production Week, started by SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) in 2016, is about highlighting the benefits of working together positively. It is about sharing good practice, learning from one another, making connections, and emphasising the importance of fully involving people who use services and carers in developing better public services.
Last year, Co-production Oxfordshire ran its first ever Co-production Festival, where people from all over the country came together to talk, learn about and celebrate co-production, as well as have some fun with different art and music activities. Though we might not be able to come together physically for Co-production Week this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t come together at all.
With incredible support from a wide variety of groups, we have been able to put together the attached schedule of inspiring, interactive and stimulating online events that will be taking place throughout Co-production Week. Centred largely around the theme of how people have come together in response to the pandemic – finding new ways of collaborating and of supporting one another – the week will also offer more general discussions about co-production, as well as training opportunities and examples of working together (both past and present) for us all to learn from.
As well as these live events, a range of other activities and resources will also be launched throughout the week. Highlights so far will include contributions from SCIE, Community Support Services, The Care Leaders, My Life My Choice and Oxfordshire Virtual School for Looked After Children and Care Leavers 0-25 with Oxfordshire Kindness Wave – and maybe even a little bit of Zumba and seated exercise to keep us all active…