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Co-production Week 2019: What Co-Production Looks Like at Leap

Madeleine Weaver - Communications & Events Assistant
Monday 1st July 2019
Today marks the start of Co-production Week 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to give a brief introduction to what co-production means in the context of Leap’s work.

Co-Production in Theory:

Co-production is an evolving concept here at Leap. We see co-production as an opportunity for Leap to actively listen to stakeholders with lived experience, to help us better meet the needs of young people. 

Last year, we hired a Co-Production Officer, whose role is to engage young people more deeply and more meaningfully in developing Leap’s work." data-share-imageurl="https://leapconfrontingconflict.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/image/20190626_113516.jpg">

Today marks the start of Co-production Week 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to give a brief introduction to what co-production means in the context of Leap’s work.

Co-Production in Theory:

Co-production is an evolving concept here at Leap. We see co-production as an opportunity for Leap to actively listen to stakeholders with lived experience, to help us better meet the needs of young people. 

Last year, we hired a Co-Production Officer, whose role is to engage young people more deeply and more meaningfully in developing Leap’s work.  It is going beyond consultation and engagement, to bring young people more actively and collaboratively into programme design, delivery and decision-making.

Co-Production in Practice:

Leap’s flagship awards event, Lighting the Fire 2019, is a strong example of what can be achieved through co-production. Young people were involved in all stages of planning and delivery of the event, forming their own steering group in which they selected which topics should be addressed, and designed what happened on stage. The result was an event, attended by 150 people, in which young people presented awards; co-hosted a guest panel; performed original spoken word pieces and songs; and managed Leap’s social media. Young people's feedback on the event will be gathered and channelled into the decision-making when planning next year’s event.

The Future for Co-Production at Leap:

Over the coming months, we seek to place co-production at the centre of Leap’s strategy development. This will comprise of more meaningful engagement for young people; where they are not only listened to but given the power and autonomy to find solutions to problems, whether they be within the organisation or in wider society and institutions. 

A key responsibility of Leap’s Co-Production Officer is to ensure that all Leap staff understand what co-production means, and why it’s important. We hope to offer training to ensure that co-production is woven into all teams and areas of work. 

With this in place, we hope to create a platform where Young Trustees, Leap’s CEO, Senior Management team, frontline staff and Youth Ambassadors can communicate with each other regularly and as equals. Our ambition in doing so is to enable the whole group to listen, to share, to discuss, to create, to deliver, to reflect and decide how to develop Leap’s work and deepen its impact.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #CoProWeek. Or if you would like to get in touch with our Co-Production Officer to discuss any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact him on: abdul.jaleel@leapcc.org.uk.

 

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