Category Archives: Relationalwelfare

Closing house, opening doors

As you may know, after 10 great years, Participle has taken the decision to close its doors on 16 October, 2015. This means that this will be our final post for the foreseeable future. Thank you so much for being a part of our community. We know that Relational Welfare is an idea whose time has come, and we are confident that people like you will be keeping the spirit of the movement alive in the world.

On that note, we wanted to share with you the final speech delivered by Hilary Cottam as Founder and CEO of Participle.

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Land of the Rising Fun: Circle is big in Japan

In 1984 the German band Alphaville had their biggest ever hit with Big In Japan. It was a great tune though the lyrics weren’t the best and the video was pure 1980’s.

Fast-forward 31 years to todays to Rochdale in the North of England and we at Circle can like Alphaville, claim to be “Big in Japan!” Continue reading Land of the Rising Fun: Circle is big in Japan

A platform for the quietest of voices

Theatre’s not just for extroverts and entertainers. It can also be a powerful tool for people to find their voices and challenge authority. Here’s a potted history and a few modern examples of how we can use drama to shift power to people.

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Putting ourselves on notice

What would support a better culture of care in our services? Something as small as noticing what we do right might make a bigger impact than you think.

By Hilary Cottam, Founder and CEO of Participle. 

I’ve really enjoyed this year’s Reith lectures, delivered by Dr. Atul Gawande on the future of medicine. They have had so much to say about relational welfare and understanding systemic change.

In his final lecture, Gawande describes meeting an old lady with “teeth like lonely pebbles in her mouth”. Found abandoned in a Delhi park in a fragile state, with weeping, maggot infested sores on her legs, she was taken in by a home for older people in one of city’s larger slums. The charity did not have the resource or capacity for more residents Continue reading Putting ourselves on notice

First steps to thinking relationally

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.

-Martin Luther King Jr

At Participle, we strongly believe that a 21st century welfare system must work relationally. (In fact we believe it so strongly, that’s what we’ve named our blog.) So what does that look like? Continue reading First steps to thinking relationally

The Living Wage: “It has made me happier and less isolated.”

Perrine works as a home care support worker. In her job, she needs to build relationships with her clients, so that she can understand and support them as well as she can. This type of work requires a lot of emotional labour, which is difficult to do if you are exhausted, hungry, or lacking in your own social support network. Here’s how being paid the Living Wage helps her do her best work and lead a better life, in her own words:  Continue reading The Living Wage: “It has made me happier and less isolated.”

Fighting Fear: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

October is a monster-y month. Halloween is right around the corner, and as the days get shorter you find yourself in the dark long before you thought you would. As the leaves turn and we start to dread the long grey UK winter, it’s a good time to reflect on the role fear plays in our lives. Continue reading Fighting Fear: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone