Co-production week Scotland 2018: What's your story? 

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Co-production Week Scotland was a chance to learn, discuss and celebrate how co-production puts people and communities at the heart of the support and services they're part of.

This year we wanted to make co-production all about the stories, big and small, that you can tell about co-production.

Stories are a key part of how we learn and sharing them with each other helps us make connections, as well as understanding the opportunities and challenges we face together.

We've been developing 100 Stories of Co-production over recent months, building on a set of stories which show the relationships, ideas and, sometimes, problems that can crop up.

We asked for stories of any length or style you like: from a tweet to a blog, or even a film - which we got and plenty of them. 

What happened during the week 

The week itself featured events, resources and loads happening on social media. 

As well as your stories, we had a few SCN events during the week. More information about them below. 


First up Community project Galgael in Glasgow shared with us their extensive and sometimes challenging journey they took to co-produce an organisational charter. 


Clare Cook, Social Prescribing Regional Manager, gave us an insight into the new Social Prescribing project, aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland and Scotland with co-production at the heart of it. Read it here.

Event: Watch, Act, Vote: An interactive workshop on legislative theatre 

Katy RubinTheatre of the Oppressed NYC, led an interactive workshop on Legislative Theatre, a creative, fun and participatory policy-changing and civic-engagement process, in which participants developed policy proposals based on a current local issue. The workshop was followed by a short presentation on the legislative changes sparked by this process in NYC (more in this report), and a Q&A about applying Legislative Theatre to local issues and institutions. 

The event was opened by a performance from the fabulous Purple Poncho Players who use music, comedy and drama to depict their own real life experiences on stage, for audiences of policy makers, service managers, and government officials.

And we heard from participants from Edinburgh based arts compalny Active Inquiry who create theatre and arts projects with and for communities.  Active Inquiry talked about their involvement in an international project with groups from Poland, Italy and Slovenia about experiences and experiments with using and investigating Legislative theatre.





WATCH original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences.

ACT on stage to brainstorm alternatives to the problems presented. Jokers open the stage to Spect-actors to rehearse new ideas. Everyone writes their ideas on notecards that are processed and sorted by the Policy Advisory Team.

VOTE with government representatives. Policy-makers present proposals based on the collected ideas. The crowd debates each idea. All present vote on the proposals. If the majority of people accept the idea as presented, the government representatives make a promise to act on those ideas after leaving the theatre.

Event: Chance to Thrive Network Gathering

St Mark’s Drumchapel, Glasgow

St Mark's has spent the last number of years considering how they can develop their mission with regards to encouraging good health & well-being in the community; including planning the redevelopment of their church buildings to make them more fit for this purpose in Drumchapel. They are currently in the process of trying to raise the funding to bring their vision to realisation. 


Paul Sullivan from CELCIS, shared with us the development of an exciting new project called 'Participating in Participation Network’ for young people. Read it here.

Event: In it together: what do we know about co-production with children and young people?

At this event we asked: how well are we co-producing with children and young people? We heard from some young people about their experiences of co-designing, improving, and shaping services and policy, and from youth organisations who are supporting young people to participate.

The event was an opportunity to think about:

  • What opportunities are there for working with young people in a more co-productive way?
  • What needs to change to support children and young people to truly co-produce the decisions that impact on their futures?

Co-hosted by Canongate Youth, we heard from Youth Scotland and two young people themselves who have been using their experience to co-design services in Glasgow.


Noreen Blanluet and Rachel Wolfendale from Co-production Network for Wales share their learnings about co-production over the years. Read it here.


If co-pro is about shifting power and valuing the contribution of lived experience in improving public services, why does that voice have to wait to be invited? Blog post by Andrew Paterson, SCDC’s Policy Research Officer. Read it here.