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One of us had a dream he was a lifeguard. He was doing his best but people were drowning all around him. We bet it’s your nightmare too: social workers, health workers, teachers, anyone.

We’re front line staff who wanted to make a difference. We help the drowning but those slipping into difficulty too often have to be side-lined.

We just don’t have time. It might be the job we want to do but it’s not the one we get paid for. We know they will get picked up at some point – when things get worse or maybe on some other services’ radar.

It’s tempting to blame ‘the system’. But we are the system- we can change and it can change! It starts with us.

Getting involved is easy. Start a debate, join a group, tap into a knowledge ‘café’ or event, or just get our news.

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About the Knowledge Café

A knowledge café connects people that may not usually meet to have an open, creative conversation on a topic of mutual interest. It fuels insights and new thinking.

“If only we knew what we know”
David Gurteen

CNC Coventry wants us all to share what we know about working on causes not consequences and cook up something new.

Anyone who wants to host a Knowledge Cafe just needs to find a space and time to do it. We can promote it for you through this site, our ebulletin, facebook or twitter.

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What really drives system change: the value of values

I’m the Director of Grapevine in Coventry and Warwickshire. Together with Central England Law Centre who received funding from the Early Neighbourhood Fund we’ve formed IGNITE.

We’re very curious about how you really make deep change happen in big complex systems dealing with big complex social problems.

So is Collaborate – an independent CIC focusing on the thinking, culture and practice of cross-sector collaboration in order to improve services to the public.

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Open Dialogue from Finland to the UK

On 15th January we learned about a move to promote ‘Open Dialogue’ from Finland to the UK, an approach to working with families and networks in crisis with astonishing results already in Kent and Medway NHS.

They have a facebook group Open Dialogue UK.

To find out more about the work in Kent contact Yasmin Ishaq, Kent County Council / Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Love Barrow Families

Love Barrow Families, co-ordinated by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria County Council, is a project designed to improve the way that adult and children’s health and social care services work together to meet the complex needs of local families.

Lankelly Chase who fund the work say the project supports the whole family, assessing their real needs and discovering the skills and assets of the people in that family, and those surrounding them, to produce a specially-targeted package of support.

Staff at Love Barrow Families have daily contact with the families they work with, giving practical and emotional support to people who are often in crisis, consistently and without judgement.

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