Our Health as a Social Movement programme of work consists of three projects and has been active for two years.
Art of Hosting Training
Art of Hosting training blends some of the most participatory, powerful methods to create open and meaningful conversations that lead to engagement and good results. The methods used in Art of Hosting include: World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Pro Action Café, Collective Story Harvesting, Graphic Facilitation and more.
The first training session took place in 2017 with a group of people from Morecambe's health and wellbeing services, local authority and police services, local citizens and voluntary and community groups to train in the art of hosting and harvesting conversations that matter.
The aim of this was to catalyse a social movement around health and wellbeing in the town. To come together in conversation around some of the tough questions Morecambe faces in getting to grips with its community health challenges and to learn some tools and practices for how to take this conversation out into communities.
Dr Andy Knox, Clinical Lead for Health and Wellbeing said: "I would love to see a huge conversation explode right across Morecambe Bay where the community is set on fire with a renewed sense of purpose that together we really can create the future that in our hearts we would really love to see".
Since the initial training session further events have been held across North Lancashire and South Cumbria to help communities come together to improve the health and wellbeing of their residents.
To enable this work to continue all those who take part in the training are invited to join a Community of Practice where they can support each other and share experiences.
You can find out more about the what the participants think of the training and the difference it has made to their communities by visiting the website.
Poverty Truth Commission - Nothing about us, without us, is for us
Drawing upon the experience of the Scottish Poverty Truth Commission, we set up in our own Poverty Truth Commission in Morecambe Bay with the aim of ensuring that people who have experienced poverty first-hand are at the heart of how we think and act in tackling poverty and inequality.
The Poverty Truth Commission brings together some of Morecambe Bay's key decision makers with those living at the sharp end of poverty to work together to overcome poverty.
The vision going forward is together to work towards a social tranformation locally and nationally.
The Launch event took place on the 6th of July with 150 people coming together to hear members of the community share some very moving stories of how they experience poverty. You can read more about what happened here.