Co-Creating Healthy Change was officially launched by Cardiff Third Sector Council and Partners on November 14th at a vibrant event in the Senedd. Attended by more than 120 people it marked the official commencement of a portfolio of ten projects that will increase the voice of the community in shaping health and well-being service delivery.
Sponsored by Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, the event was a dynamic mix of speeches, networking and learning about the portfolio, affording crucial links to be established between the portfolio partners and key stakeholders in the sector including many from the Health Board.
Attendees enjoyed speeches from Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Chief Officer of C3SC, Mike Theodolou, Big Lottery Wales Committee member and Phil Stevens, Policy and Service Manager with C3SC. Outlining the strategic importance of Co-Creating Healthy Change, they highlighted the Wales-wide significance and value of the eleven portfolios the Lottery funded under Community Voice, and the delivery approaches that the ten partners in Co-Creating Healthy Change will be taking.
The afternoon was a fantastic time for networking, with attendees visiting the partners’ stalls in the gallery of the Senedd, learning more about their projects and forging links for future collaborative working.
The Minister took the opportunity to join the networking, meeting all the partners and learning about the portfolio. His speech was an inspirational and invigorating challenge to us to embrace and embed meaningful co-production in our work, highlighting the incredible value that this approach adds to project delivery and community involvement.
It is hoped that Co-Creating Healthy Change will be a significant contributor to the co-production landscape in Cardiff and the Vale, bringing together the wealth of expertise held by its partners, to develop robust and influential engagement and delivery models.
Katie Cooke, co-ordinator for the portfolio, sadly missed the event due to being unwell, she is keen to hear from people who want to know more about the portfolio or ways of working with it. Please contact her for further information on Katie.C@c3sc.org.uk or 029 2048 5722