Category Archives: Cymraeg

Are Co-operatives the Future? with Rebecca Evans AM

Ahead of our Basque Country events we caught up with Rebecca Evans AM, the Welsh Government Minister for Housing and Regeneration. She had plenty of positivity about co-operative organisations and the Basque Country’s innovation. She mentioned how the leasehold sector could benefit from co-operative approaches, and that co-operative organisations are able to think more imaginatively about the problems that organisations are facing in modern society. She thought there was plenty of good practice over at the Basque Country, that we could learn from here in Wales, and also that we might be able to offer some insider knowledge to the Basque Country, too. Her message of co-operation and mutual benefits is exactly what Chris Bolton took from his trip to the Basque Country to learn more about their co-operatives.

Join us at our Basque Country events this December to learn more. Follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/waobasque18

Are Co-Operatives The Future? With Derek Walker

We caught up with Derek Walker to chat about the Basque Country and co-operatives ahead of our conference this December. We’re really excited to be able to bring over some fantastic representatives from some of the region’s most successful, innovative and future-thinking organisations. In this very special event, public services are invited to learn all about their innovative and new approaches to challenges we have in common, and how the Basque Country puts future generations at the heart of their economy.

Derek Walker is the CEO of Wales Co-operative Centre. They’re partnering with us to bring you #WAOBasque, a conference dedicated to all things Basque Country. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/basquetick

Co-operatives: Are They The Future? With Leanne Wood AM

We caught up with Leanne Wood AM and had a chat about co-operatives and the Basque Country economy, ahead of our #WAOBasque event. She says that co-operatives offer communities stability in times of economic hardship, and allow people to have a stake in their work, incentivising productivity at work. If you’re interested in learning more about co-operative organisations, join us for our webinar on Monday 3rd December via the link: https://tinyurl.com/webasq

We’d also like to invite you to attend our conference on Tuesday 4th December, in partnership with Wales Co-Operative Centre. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/basquetick

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Building Resilient Communities: Mind the Gap

Charlotte Waite @charlotwaite from the ACE Support Hub @acehubwales has blogged for us ahead of our Building Resilient Communities Event.  She is challenging herself, and all of us, to be someone who contributes to resilient communities, which is very different from DOING resilient communities.

At a lovely lefty festival I had the privilege to be at this hot summer, my daughter came out of the impressively clean portaloo commenting on how she was going to take the toilet’s advice and ‘smile at someone today, because (she) might make all the difference’. What struck me was that she’d read the faded sticker and it had meant something to her. I too had read it (as I strategically hovered) and the words had passed through my eyes as if I was reading ‘mind the gap’ or ‘please drive carefully’. Yadayadayada. My brain must be sending a signal to my awareness saying “nothing to see here, we know all this already” and so I come out of the loo without a reflective moment. After all I’ve been doing ‘help’ in a ‘helping’ field for many years. I’ve been on the courses and given the lectures.  Smiling is the basic basics, everyone knows that.

Truth is, though, that between me and my 9 year old daughter, the person who needed a reminder about connecting and kindness is me. Because even in a festival of joy I was busy ‘doing’ festival, consuming and soaking up what I can, squeezing every ounce of hedonism out of MY weekend so I could feel that I’ve got what I came for. Ironically, part of what I came for, is a shared experience of happiness. It’s easy to spread love in a festival because the personal risk is much lower. Smiling, hugging, feasting, dancing, chatting… connecting and feeling alive are all part of what I paid for. I went home filled with love and paid-for shared happiness. Home to my street where I say hello to my immediate neighbours, chat with a couple of them about kids, parking, extensions and bin collections but generally we go about our lives independently.

So not much smiling, hugging, feasting, dancing…..connecting and feeling alive in my own manor. Hmm. Here the risk to me is much greater. Well, what if they don’t want to connect? What if they don’t like me? What if they find out what I’m really like? And anyway I’m too busy. I’m too busy rushing off to my community group all about kindness to ask my neighbour how she is, when I know her husband has left her and her children. Yes really. This was a real reflective moment on a rainy Wednesday evening when I saw her broken heart on her face as she went in her house as I was getting in the car. ‘Mind the Gap’ between my rhetoric and my behaviour loud and clear this time.

I took the risk and knocked the door, we talked about our lives, our children and began a connection. It was scary and I’m still not sure she likes me but I feel like I have communicated that she is not on her own and that feels very important.  It will take time.

So, am I saying we should model resilient communities on festivals? At a festival there’s no hierarchy, no supporters and supported, just people. Sharing joyful and fun activities together connects us: breaking bread, dancing, playing; losing inhibitions inherent in our real life roles as ‘helpers’ or even as neighbours. I’m not suggesting we go home and set up twee street parties but I am suggesting we take risks in relationships, without vulnerability we can’t create authentic relationships and yet we know it is authenticity in relationships that creates resilience. Knock the door, offer to break the bread.

How can we lose some of our personal inhibitions and find ways to connect joyfully, eye to eye (not screen to screen) without having to pay for the experience? Or professionally without ‘doing’ the best practice model when we get to work and demonstrating the outcomes to those that pay us. We know the importance of sports and community groups to build resilience in children (Link to resilience research here) but do we all get in our cars and drop our kids off at these while we catch up on screen time? I’m noticing the ‘please drive carefully’ as I navigate this one for myself. I could definitely bring more to this street party. I am challenging myself to BE someone who contributes to resilient communities, which is very different from DOING resilient communities. I’m reminding myself to stop for a minute and be curious. To see ‘mind the gap’ and notice where it applies to me but I can only see it if I’m going slowly enough to notice it and then notice how it makes me feel and be brave enough to bring myself to the party.

“We don’t have to, but we want to!” RCE Cymru Sharing Their Knowledge with Public Services

Universities in Wales don’t fall under the remit of the Well-being of Future Generations (WFG) Act, so why are they forming a network to research and share their knowledge, helping public services work towards the WFG goals?

The simple answer is that they’ve found working within the WFG framework to be beneficial to their research and are embracing the potential impact of sharing their knowledge.

RCE Cymru is a network of all the universities in Wales who are working together in specific groups called ‘Circles of Interest’ to help improve public services, by researching and sharing their knowledge with each other. The impact of sharing their knowledge could help public services make great strides towards the WFG framework. The Good Practice Exchange are working in partnership with RCE Cymru to bring you an event exploring these ‘Circles of Interest’ on 7th November, at an event called “It’s Good To Share”. You can register for the event by clicking here. Find out more about RCE Cymru by following @CymruRCE on Twitter.

 

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GSWAG: Keeping Data Live

Does your organisation have the right kind of data to future-proof decisions?

Hear how Gwent Strategic Well-being Assessment Group’s (GSWAG) are looking past traditional data sets to make their decisions about well-being. GSWAG want to know more about local conditions for well-being from the lived experiences of their residents, and are looking at likely future trends that may face the Gwent area over the next 25 years, to help better prepare and plan for the future. They’re using a very different type of data than they’re used to, getting out of their comfort zone to shape their decisions with future generations in mind. Watch our vlog to find out more

GSWAG: A Collaborative Partnership

Partnership working is the way forward for public service delivery. Partnership is hard work, we know that. But the benefits to public services are huge.

We recently got to hear about Gwent Strategic Wellbeing Assessment Group’s (“GSWAG”) approach, so we went along to one of their meetings.

We heard how they are working in partnership to achieve more by learning from each other, by collaborating on the same agenda items. They’re working under the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, putting some of the five ways of working in practice. They’re able to avoid duplication, share their expertise by utilising a common language and giving each other the space to ensure they can discuss areas of contention in a constructive way. They recognise that by working in partnership, they can go far further and achieve far more than they would alone. You can find out more by getting in touch with Bernadette Elias or Lyndon Puddy.

Episode 1: Behaviour Change Insiders

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In Episode One, we speak with Rupert Moon, on working with rugby players at Rugby Gogledd Cymru to develop behaviours that went beyond the playing field (01.30 – 15.20 mins). Then, Professor Judy Hutchings talks to us about the KiVa anti-bullying programme in schools. Learning from Finland on how taking a whole school approach can change behaviours and reduce bullying (15.25 – 27.10 mins). Have a listen below:
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More details about the podcasts are available on our Behaviour Change Insiders Podcast Page.

Links to resources mentioned:

Wales Audit Office, Good Practice Exchange Podcast Page.

Bangor University KiVa Programme

Rupert Moon on sport and improving well being

Episode 5: Behaviour Change Insiders

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In Episode Five, Barod challenged us to “Swansea’s Got Jargon Busters”. This was run by Barod at the Swansea Behaviour Change Festival. The aim was to change behaviour around how people communicate, by getting them to take part in a game show where you get ‘buzzed out’ for using jargon. This podcast has four parts:

Part 1: Alan from Barod explains how Jargon Busters was developed;

Part 2: Alan and Simon from Barod take Chris from the Good Practice Exchange through an example of Jargon Busters (Chris doesn’t do very well);

Part 3: Anne from Barod talks about the evaluation of Jargon Busters and the impact on the behaviour of the people she spoke to,

Part 4: Ena from the Good Practice Exchange talks about how the experience of Jargon Busters changed her behaviour.

Useful Links:

The Barod website: www.barod.org

Easy Read version of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

A blog post on the Party Blowers workshop that Barod ran at a Good Practice Exchange event in Cardiff

Episode 6: Behaviour Change Insiders

In Episode Six, Diana Reynolds, the Sustainable Development Change Manager at the Welsh Government, talks about an extensive programme to change how Civil Servants in Wales behave and work in connection with the Well-being of Future Generations Act. (2.50 -21.40 mins)

Then, Anna Sussex from WEDFAN (The Welsh Emergency Department Frequent Attenders Network) follows this with an example of where she has worked with an individual to reduce his A&E visits and keep him out of prison. (21.40- 31.40 mins). Have a listen below…

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