We want a fairer and more sustainable
Wales where everyone has a voice.
We share power and work together to bring positive change to our public services and communities; and to contribute to the laws that shape our society.
Events and sharing
Training and support
Toolkits and resources
Evidence and research
The Co-production Network for Wales
is an inclusive, member-led network
of doers and thinkers who inspire
and empower one another.
From our humble origins in 2012 as a voluntary endeavour by two women at a kitchen table, we have grown into a fully funded Big Lottery supported project. Along the way we carried out research, organised events, campaigned to influence legislation, and delivered training and consultancy. We have connected with thousands of inspiring, positive, hands-on people making change happen everywhere.
These days, we are a network of change makers supporting one another to do more and better co-production, through events, resources, evidence, mentoring and training; and gathering our collective voice to contribute to the laws that make Wales a more enabling state.
We are citizens, volunteers, service users, carers, community leaders, professionals, researchers, academics, civil servants, government people, policy makers, directors, managers, frontline workers - and co-production champions all.
Co-production is an asset-based approach to public services that enables people providing and people receiving services to share power and responsibility, and to work together in equal, reciprocal and caring relationships. It creates opportunities for people to access support when they need it, and to contribute to social change.
Co-production is underpinned by 5 principles:
1. Value all participants, and build on their strengths.
2. Develop networks of mutual support.
3. Do what matters for all the people involved.
4. Build relationships of trust; share power and responsibility.
5. People can be change makers, and organisations enable this.
The core team
We support the Network members, coordinate events, connect with supportive partner organisations, and help the membership to grow in numbers, in capacity, and in collective voice.
Pr. Edgar Cahn
A collective of members who support the Network with expert advice. Six of the Advisory Group members also sit on the Project Board and deal with governance, accountability and delivery.
Membership of the Co-production Network for Wales is open to everyone who has an interest in co-production, whether they be citizens and volunteers, public service or third sector professionals at all levels, academics and researchers, local or national government officials and policy makers! And of course any combination of the above. You sign up as an individual, as long as you have a personal &/or professional interest in and commitment to co-production. Membership is free and all we ask is that you pledge to advancing co-production in any way that is right for you. We (the core staff and the community of practitioners who make up the Network membership) are on hand to support, share learning and practice, encourage and cheer you on! As a member, you benefit from:
- Regional forum events in which to connect with other practitioners, showcase projects, share practice, solve challenges together, learn new tools and techniques, link up with potential partner projects
- A searchable asset map of members to link up online and offline, across Wales and across sectors
- Access to network members with specialist focus like training, facilitation, research, evidence, etc.
- Using and contributing to resources, case studies and a growing evidence base
- Training and skills development opportunities
- Regular updates on the co-production landscape in Wales, including policy developments
- Being a part of the collective voice to influence policy
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We send out a monthly round-up of information and updates. Sign up to stay informed of co-production developments.
- Apr 30
30th April, 2019 The purpose of Vanguard Cymru Network Days are to help each other with what matters. As such, […]
- May 08
Public engagement: Module three (Part 3/4 of Public engagement: theory and practice. See full details of the course on the […]
- May 08
Public engagement: Module four (Part 4/4 of Public engagement: theory and practice. See full details of the course on the […]
- May 10
Celebrating the successes and challenges of co-creation, you are invited to celebrate the wonder that is working together, fully, actively […]
- Jun 06
The Network organises local and national events across Wales for members to connect, share and learn. Check out the highlighted events on the calendar to find one near you. (We are always keen to hear from members who wish to co-host a local or regional event! Get in touch with the team on [email protected])
We also signpost to lots of other relevant events hosted by other organisations, that we think will be equally relevant to our people! Do you have an event of your own that you want to tell the co-production community about? Submit the details so we can display it on the calendar and spread the word through the newsletter. Click here for the event details form.