On Thursday 16 November at Clare Lodge in Newcastle from 10.30-12.30pm, the Community Development Health Network (CDHN) will facilitate a morning workshop on co-production as part of the Newry Mourne & Down District Council’s Social Enterprise Newry Mourne Down Programme.
This will be an interactive session to discuss the principles of co-production and how they can be embedded into current working practice.
Co-production will present opportunities for community, voluntary and social enterprises to help co-design, co-produce and co-deliver services. Linked to The Programme for Government and Community Planning co-production is a new form of partnership that may hold the key to radically change how public services are delivered in Northern Ireland and is linked in to
Co-production is used as a way of working in many areas ie local government, education and health. CDHN has worked with a number of organisations and communities to build their understanding of co-production to influence health and wellbeing at local and community levels.
‘At the heart of co-production is a new kind of partnership between public service workers and those who are intended to benefit. That partnership is equal and reciprocal. It combines the strengths of different kinds of knowledge and skill. It aims to build capacity for people to help themselves and each other‘. (New Economics Foundation 2010)