Thought some of you might be interested in an initiative from South Wales which I heard about at a recent conference. The Community Wellbeing Coaches project has been set up by Maria Ryan and Loran Relph www.communitywellbeingcoaches.com/ and is already having an impact...And Pam Luckock in North Wales is looking at the possibility of using time-banking to bring coaching to communities.
And at the policy end of the spectrum Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences have just relaunched their famous Policy Cafe events. These aim to bring together policy-makers, researchers, academics and professionals plus wine and cheese (suave eh!) to co-productively pool their experience and expertise and, hopefully, influence policy. The relaunch is on 26 February and the theme is co-production. I'll report back on any breakthrough insights (and/or on the quality of the wine).
Finally, Nick Johns of Cardiff University is starting an academic co-pro network in Wales. This was inspired by the IRISS / JIT relationship...we hope to share knowledge and resources across the disciplines, and start to disseminate research outcomes more widely and with louder trumpet blasts. Getting lights out from under bushels is the 2013 new year resolution.
Thanks to Scottish colleagues for continuing to inspire us...