Category Archives: Health

Looking to the future of public services

After the drama of the Labour leadership contest, Early Action advocate David Robinson asks: is the choice between ‘big vision’ and ‘broad appeal’ a false dilemma? Here are four principles for a strong, relational welfare state that might achieve both… Continue reading Looking to the future of public services

Circle Movement for Mexico?

Though they have different histories and cultures, Mexico and the UK are facing a surprising number of similar problems when it comes to social isolation and older people. Dionisio Garcia lays out the case for a Circle Movement in Mexico.

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Time, Space and Trust: Participle’s Open House on working relationally

It’s been one month since Participle held its second ever Open House evening, and we’ve been getting lots of questions about how it went, what was discussed, and how people can attend in future.

As the event was all about how to build relationships and connect communities, we thought we might as well share this on the Relational Welfare blog. We’ll also let you know how to get on the invite list for future Participle events if you fancy it – we’d love to see you there. Continue reading Time, Space and Trust: Participle’s Open House on working relationally

What working relationally means for me

Most public services require working with people, but relational public services put building relationships front and centre. What’s it like to work in a relational service for the first time? How is it different? Wellogram Guide Lucy Hawkin tells us her impressions.

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We get drunk together, so why should we get sober alone?

Say what you will about the UK drinking culture, but if you want to cut down on your intake, it can often feel a bit… lonely. It’s easy to lose hope without a group of people to support you – but that’s just what Club Soda is. Here’s co-founders Laura Willoughby MBE and Dr Jussi Tolvi on why relationships matter when you’re trying to make a change.

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Hope is the best thing to come out of NHS Change Day – but is that enough?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people express their strong desire to do things differently in health services. Why don’t we take them more seriously?

By Kate Bagley, Campaigns and Content Manager

Two months ago, we were sitting around a table full of clever young social innovators from Finland, when the subject of NHS Change Day arose. They were trying to start something similar in their own country, and asked what we thought of it. And honestly, I wasn’t sure what to tell them. Continue reading Hope is the best thing to come out of NHS Change Day – but is that enough?

Time: Now you see it, now you don’t

Social care pro Damien Ribbans shares his magic trick to make more time for those that need it most.

It’s a funny construct, time. There is a Spanish proverb that says “Time is relative to where you are, what you do, and for whom you are waiting.”

In these times of financial austerity, time is the only thing we aren’t running out of. We have less money, fewer resources, fewer jobs. But the amount of time we have is still the same. Time is currency, and we need to count it as equally as valuable as the rest of our dwindling resources. Let me show you how I think we are being wasteful with it.
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