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Learning and collaboration to improve services for disadvantaged communities

15 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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Learning and collaboration to improve services for disadvantaged communities

A review of the IEP’s latest Networking Event in London

The IEP were delighted to welcome a packed audience at the recent Networking Event in Hackney hosted by Renaisi which centred around the issues related to improving services for disadvantaged communities.

We were pleased to receive a delegation from Italy who joined a network of people from all over the employability and skills sector to hear from our presenters Jon Hitchin, Laura Busfield MIEP and Alice Thornton from Renaisi, Hannah Woods from Gingerbread, Jon Smith FIEP from Shaw Trust and Paul Dunn MBE from sponsors Empowering-Communities.

Attendees learned about the ways Renaisi have refocused their strategy and values around learning and improvement to strengthen their work and drive both purpose and impact. Laura and Alice delivered an insightful presentation identifying the key learning from the delivery and evaluation of RISE, a programme that supports refugees across 10 boroughs in North and East London. Hannah from Gingerbread spoke about the charity’s learning in supporting single parents into work, referencing impact evaluations from employment contracts in London, Kent, and Essex.

Jon Smith FIEP shared Shaw Trust’s experiences of providing a local integrated solution, looking at the early successes and challenges of the Work and Health Programme from the perspective of service integration and localism and discussing the ways they collaborate with numerous partners to deliver an integrated programme. This fed seamlessly into Paul Dunn’s speech about the ways the social enterprise Empowering-Communities facilitates secure, multi-agency collaboration and information sharing to enable effective partnership working.

The presentations were followed by networking giving everyone the opportunity to make new contacts and catch up with colleagues across the sector.

“What I like about these networking events is that I get to hear about what is happening from the people actually delivering the services. We get to hear first-hand both good practice and also ideas that have not yet worked. It is also a good way to make new contacts - I have two follow up meetings with people I had never met before and who I might work with in the future.

Liz Sewell FIEP, GRoW Programme

“I was really interested to learn about the great work the sector is doing in working with partners to collaborate and provide joined-up services. This is very much Empowering-Communities’ area of expertise and it was great to find out more about the many ways we can help.”

Paul Dunn MBE, Empowering-Communities

“Another great evening thanks to the IEP, with speakers who told us about their work. It’s a great idea to have these short , focussed and thoughtful presentations – you can learn a lot in a short space, and I really welcome the chance to meet friends from round the country and also some very interesting colleagues from Italy.”

David Imber BA Cantab PVRA FIEP, VRC Ltd

“We were delighted to host the London network event in partnership with the IEP. Despite the badly timed problems on public transport, we had a great turnout, including some delegates from Italy who came to learn about how UK organisations provide employment support to refugees. As an organisation that puts learning and collaboration at the heart of what we do, opportunities and time to get together with people from across the sector to build up networks and share experiences is really important. Thanks to Jon, Shaw-trust and Hannah, Gingerbread who both spoke openly about how they use learning to inform decision making and deliver better services to their client groups.”

Laura Busfield MIEP, Director, Renaisi