Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Co-creating public services with stories of lived experience

Join us to explore co-creating public services with stories of lived experience.

About this Event

Narratives, the stories that people choose to tell about their own experience, are of increasing importance in decision-making processes and are key to creating new ideas, ways of doing things and ultimately bringing about social change. With concepts such as ‘co-design’, ‘co-production’ and ‘co-creation’ becoming increasingly more popular, it is vital to explore what they mean and how they bring about – or not – the inclusion of a wider diversity of people’s voices into decision-making realms.

As part of this thought-provoking and participatory 1-Day Symposium, you will:

  • Listen to a case study on how the Making It Real framework has used insight storytelling, and get involved in a practical storytelling activity delivered by Community Reporters from TLAP and the National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG).
  • Take part in and interactive story curation session led by the Our Voices project
  • Get involved in a workshop exploring how Conversation of Change events can be used to co-design policy recommendations run by the VOICITYS partnership

The symposium will conclude with a collaborative keynote led by the CoSIE consortium in which quick-fire, inspiring and provocative talks on co-creation in public services will be delivered by people who access public services, practitioners and academics. You will be invited to get involved in this discussion and share your thoughts on co-creation approaches.

Be a part of this dialogue and sharing event, and bring your experience of working with people’s voice and stories of lived experience with you! Lunch and refreshments provided.


About From The Margins To The Mainstream conference

The Institute of Community Reporters (ICR) is running its first annual conference - From The Margins To The Mainstream: Putting people’s voice at the heart of decision-making processes - that seeks to open up a pan-European conversation about the role of people’s voice in creating change via this 1-Day Symposium and a series of fringe events.

This conference has been co-produced and supported by the following projects and consortiums:

  • Our Voices (funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union)
  • VOICITYs (funded by the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme)
  • CoSIE (funded by the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme)

Overall conference has been organised by People’s Voice Media and the ICR.

Date And Time

Thu, 6 June 2019, 09:45 – 16:30 BST


Engine Room @ The People's History Museum, New Court Street, Manchester, M3 3ER

Thursday, 6 June 2019