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“Our voice is being heard at last”… building social inclusion through Participatory Budgeting

Rochdale PB

Social isolation is a key requirement towards promoting wellbeing and preventing undue pressure on public services, such as costly hospital admissions. With an elderly mother of my own who is increasingly needing care at home it’s a subject close to my heart. Not least because of my passion for Participatory Budgeting (PB), that aims to include citizen voice, and can reduce social isolation whenever and wherever public money is being spent.

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Blackpool Central East (Layton) Health and Wellbeing Inquiry May 2018

The Blackpool Central East Health and Well-Being Inquiry brought together a group of local residents to discuss the main things that affect people’s health and wellbeing and what can be done to address them. A Citizens Inquiry is an example of a mini
public, in which a diverse group of local people are given the opportunity to share opinions and experiences with each other and to hear from others before producing a set of recommendations. This Inquiry was the fourth Inquiry to explore Health and Wellbeing in different neighbourhoods in Blackpool.

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Blackpool Far North and Blackpool South Health and Wellbeing Inquiries

‘for people living in Blackpool Far North what are the main things that affect people’s health and well-being and what can be done about them?’
We have spent 12 months working with Public Health Blackpool and The Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group. The second and third inquiries addressing the main things that affect people’s health and wellbeing and what can be done to address them have been completed

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Shared Future Annual Report October 2017

We are pleased to present our 2016 – 2017 Annual Report. Having achieved a good level of stability we are excited about the future; building on our current portfolio and seeing what as yet unexplored opportunities are open to us. As ever the coming year promises more interesting and exciting work and we look forward to continuing our engagement with stakeholders, associates and clients, old and new.

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Solid as a rock, or brittle as broken glass

Now in its 9th year, the Citizen Participation University (CPU) is an annual gathering of community activists, organisers and developers, from across Europe, but also reaching out to the USA and into Turkey. Over 50 people came together, for 4 days, to talk, act out and share their best practice. A real powerhouse of community inspiration, and a rare opportunity to think outside of our boxes.

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