Co-production from the beginning in Kent

Practice example

In January 2015, the commissioners in Kent County Council invited people with support needs, carers, advocacy providers and commissioners to an event. One hundred people attended and two independent consultants, one with a learning disability, coordinated and facilitated the event: aiming for it to enable equal contributions from participants. Open Space and World Cafe approaches were adopted to discuss ‘Help us understand what advocacy is’ and ‘What important things do we want to say about advocacy in Kent?’ This ‘blank canvas’ approach inspired many but challenged some by its less structured approach.


See also: Co-producing a new advocacy service in Kent: Getting started, (Think Local Act Personal, 2015)