RCT Interlink Connecting Communities – co-pro in action

RCT CBC Adult Services commissioned Interlink to organise three Connecting Communities Events. The purpose of these co-design events were to promote better working relationships and joint working opportunities between statutory services and voluntary sector groups in the area. They led to a plethora of ideas and actions – assisted by superb facilitation and lively graphic visualisation.
The full report is here.


Some key health related problems and co-produced actions were:

Support for people experiencing isolation and loneliness

  • Commission an analysis of initiatives and resources that impact on isolation in conjunction with a pilot community ethnography project to take an asset based approach to reducing isolation. Incorporate findings into Cwm Taf’s Older Peoples Commissioning Strategy.
  • Explore how infrastructure for supportive and connected communities that reduce isolation can be developed and supported, bringing together ideas from the Rhydyfelin pilot and the Street Ambassador project.

Mental Health Support – patchy provision of support services was highlighted, particularly a lack of support for families, lack of drop-in provision and lack of evening and weekend support.

    • Interlink staff (e.g. Mental Health Partnership Development Officer and Children and Young Peoples Partnership Development Officer) to look at existing support for families through Team Around the Family (TAF) and make recommendations to TAF Board.
    • RCT CBC and Interlink to work with Llanharan ‘drop in’ and or Pontyclun day centre, involving service users in the process.
    • Further promotion of Mental Health Support website and DVD.
    • Respond to recommendations outlined in Mental Health Early Intervention Feasibility Study (WIHSC, 2013) on alternatives to prescription drugs through the MHF working with Service User Representatives.