In the shoes of … Alison Cameron | Patient leader & active citizen – Part 2

Prepare to be inspired by ‘hellraiser’ Alison:-)

Whose Shoes? A catalyst for change in health and social care

On Monday, I posted Part 1 of Alison Cameron’s astonishing story.
It has been a ‘best seller’ …… I will post part 2 here, but then will re-visit shortly as these powerful blogposts have raised a LOT of issues about the current state of health, social care and HOUSING (yes, housing – that Cinderella-not-quite-part of-the-integrated-family service)… 


I started in small ways after having the seed of hope planted by hearing the inspirational Doctor Rachel Perkins speak. I had tottered into a meeting run by the mental health charity Mind in early days after release from the first long term admission to the ward. I assumed my useful life was over. My only interaction virtually for…

View original post 1,006 more words


New post from Ruth & Noreen @ AitT, Welcome


via Welcome.

Hope you’ll follow the link to this post by Ruth Dineen and Noreen Blanluet (All in this together Wales). It contains important information about coproduction in Wales and a request for signatures on an open letter to the First Minister

Conference report & graphics

The report

PDF Maps1

Were you at the conference? Then do take a look at the report and the great set of graphic illustrations recorded at the event by Fran O’Hara and Eleanor Beer.

We hope you will share the report and invite you to post comments below, we are particularly interested to hear about any changes that you have made as a result of participating in the conference. Do also let us know if you would like to be involved in future events.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Warmest wishes,

Ambra, Marina & Pam

Co-Directors at Coaching Well, a social enterprise providing coaching for health and wellbeing.

Communities Can… they REALLY can!

Well, it certainly lived up to expectations. Congratulations to Pam and all the team who pulled this amazing event together! We all felt very honoured to have Dr Edgar Cahn and Dr Chris Gray as key-note speakers. By the afternoon, the World Cafe was buzzing with discussions and ideas about how to take forward the great work around time-banking and co-production that is already happening in Wales.

Now the challenge is to pull together all the great material gathered on the day. As a starter, here are some of the photos we took. I have posted them on my new Nutshell / Whose Shoes? Facebook page. {Please “like” the page and the photos, if you’re into FB!}

I have also just posted a blogpost with some reflections on Communities Can 2012 … and more!

Video of big conversation


If you missed the Communities Can 2012 conference on 2 May you can view the big conversation that took place here. Or perhaps you  just want to listen again 🙂

We are very grateful to Paul Swann for recording this session and producing the video.

We look forward to receiving your memories of the day and thoughts on the video, please post your comments below.

First photographs and video clips from conference

Two weeks ago the Communities Can 2012 conference team welcomed Drs. Edgar Cahn, Chris Gray and Neil Woodiing to the Parc Eirias Events Centre, Colwyn Bay. Over the next few days I’ll be uploading a series of photographs and video recordings taken at the event by a number of photographers including Gill Phillips, Paul Swann and Frankie Hine-Hughes

The first few include a pre-conference group pic of the working group snatched at 8am just before registration opened. The conference began with a fabulous performance from opera singer (aka Chwarae Teg Officer!) Jane Hartley. Dr Neil Wooding then invited the Mayor of the Bay of Colwyn, Cllr Mrs Margaret Edwards, to give the opening address.  Dr Edgar Cahn and Dr Chris Gray were next to be invited onto the stage for the start of the Big Conversation…….Fran O’Hara and Eleanor Beer were already busy at work producing the first of many graphic illustrations of the day…..

This slideshow requires JavaScript.