Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by: • Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning. • Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action. • Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products. • Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice. •Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates. •Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges.

Trueman Change working with Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council are preparing to write their new iteration of a 2023 to 2033 arts and culture strategy, “Creatively Birmingham.” This strategy will grow and develop Birmingham’s diverse creative, cultural and arts sectors over the next decade. Birmingham City Council set out a clear statement of intent emphasising “the creativity of Birmingham’s people, our communities, businesses, and organisations, as part of our past, our present and our bold future as a city” and wanted to hear voices from all around the city, from people of all cultures and backgrounds, especially silent and quiet communities.

Led by their Public Health Team, Birmingham commissioned a series of 24 groups held in the community to help to shape the strategy based on people’s lived experiences. At Trueman Change, we delivered 21 of these groups. Our key challenge was doing justice to the importance of reflecting community voices in policymaking. We made sure people’s voices were heard in underrepresented groups and it’s great to know that these voices have become an important part of shaping Birmingham’s future inclusive arts and culture strategy. We reached out to communities across the city in the places where they live, work and socialise, building relationships and set up safe listening spaces where people could share their views and lived experience comfortably.

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