Interlink commissioned Spectacle Theatre to take a lead on planning the conference, with the participation and evaluation officer and other project’s taking on key actions. We also linked closely with the RCTCBC ‘s Public engagement group, who helped fund the event.
The consortia were responsible for:
• The initial planning stages
• Finding a venue
• Agreeing upon a theme , which was ‘Alice in Wonderland’
• The creation of a detailed structure and outline for the day
• An in depth risk assessment, this was then agreed and individual risk assessments were formed for each of the projects.
Spectacle worked closely with all other 7 projects to create short scenes and filmed footage to be shown as part of the introduction to the conference. This happened over a series of weeks working with volunteers and participants from each of the projects. All voice partners decided The title of the conference due to the fact that It’s better to do something rather than just talk about the problem or talk about doing something. This is why everyone had the opportunity to pledge something at the very end, which were captured in images by students from the University of south Wales.
The guiding question for the event was “How do we communicate, plan, influence and deliver together in a way that improves services for service users in RCT?”.
The conference was very much a true reflection of co-production working at it’s best. This was a great opportunity for all eight projects within the consortia to come together and share best practice as well as share skills and knowledge alongside gaining new skills and knowledge.
This event created an informal, magical setting that allowed for freedom of thought and speech, embracing the intergenerational nature of the day.
“This conference gave me a chance to be heard and meet some key people I’ve never had the opportunity to meet before” – Service user aged 23
“ fantastic event, well planned, good workshops and very quirky” – service provider
Here are some of the photos from the event: