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.
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
The nature of the problems the welfare state is trying to solve have changed. That’s why we need to build a 21st century welfare state that puts people and relationships at its heart.
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?
Our new year’s resolutions are personal declarations of how we plan to spend our time in 2015. But how will our frontline workers be spending theirs?
Here we are and January is half gone already! There is still a bit of that new year’s feeling: that you have a clean slate and a whole year ahead of you to stick to your resolutions. There’s so much that could be achieved. But time is passing, as it always does. You’ve started out with the best of intentions – but what will you do with your time? The choice is yours. Continue reading A matter of time
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
We’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to make a good relational worker – someone who can work with people to help them live the life they want. Whether you’re a social worker, a nurse, or in one of the many other kinds of roles helping people sort out problems, a big part of this is listening. At the same time, if you want to work together, you’ve also got to make sure they get what you’re saying too. Continue reading Communication can be a sore subject… or is that sensitive?