Tag Archives: Hilary Cottam

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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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

The Learning Prison

“Treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of a country… there is treasure, if only you can find, it in the heart of every person.” – Winston Churchill

What would a 21st century prison, designed for rehabilitation, look like? It’s a little closer to becoming a reality.  Continue reading The Learning Prison

What Britain Wants: Someone to Love

We’re coming up to a general election, and no matter what you think about the political parties trying to win your vote, it’s a time to take a step back and think about what we’re really trying to achieve as a society. What does Britain want? And what makes a good life?

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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

After 37 years of work, Community Links knows relationships are what matter most

This week Community Links publish a re-visiting of their 2010 report “Out of the Ordinary”. It’s a timely, poignant and interesting read. The effects of the cuts have hit hard on the communities with which Community Links works. And yet Community Links has persevered, adapting, learning and sticking alongside their communities. Continue reading After 37 years of work, Community Links knows relationships are what matter most