January 2016 - iNetwork ESR2 Network News
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Hi <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year to you and wishing you a great 2016!  And with the New Year comes another exciting set of ESR2 news & events. 

Catherine O'Neill
Capability Improvement Manager
Effective Service Redesign & Reform Network Lead

t:   0161 342 5381
m: 07919 111251


New Website

We have just launched your new iNetwork website (new website). Be sure to keep up to date with our latest news, developments and events by checking it out.

Your new site is a huge improvement on the old one, Jill has been working hard on this and it's still a work in progress, she has asked for your constructive feedback on its usability. Drop Jill a line if you think there is any way we could improve it.

Winter flooding 2015 to 2016: Community Support

People affected or involved by the recent floods may find this website of help: Winter flooding community support:

January Blues 

When we get back into work in the New Year all too often the festive period suddenly seems an age ago and it doesn’t take us long to get back into full throttle, making it all too easy to lose motivation when doing our day-to-day activities. Regardless of just how motivated each of us may be, it can be easier to give in to putting off , often putting things to the bottom of the TO DO list so because sometimes we all need a little more motivation ….. check out these great and inspirational TED talks to get you moving and grooving again 

iNetwork are supporting development of a Citizen Need Service Profiler

At some point in our lives we will all face difficult circumstances and may find ourselves in need of support from others or the state. It is recognised that if people can get easy access to the services they need early on when facing a difficult situation; it can help to prevent a crisis further down the line. Too often, however, we are unaware of the services available and/or struggle to access them.
 In light of this, iNetwork and iStandUK are collaborating with the LGA, IEG4 and other officers from a cross section of organisations in the North West to try to build a prototype app. The app will allow a citizen to simply tick boxes to describe their circumstances which will then suggest appropriate local services that they are eligible for.
Read more about work on the Citizen Need Service Profiler soon on iNetwork website  

Featured Event

Harnessing your communities Strengths Event:  26 February in Trafford
Adrian Bates, of Trafford Council has kindly offered to host our next Community Assets event at Trafford Town Hall,  Adrian will share with us his work on Locality Working in Trafford.  This work was shortlisted in the iNetwork Innovation Awards and is truly an inspiring project. Whilst there is no single path to successfully working with your communities, there are a number of amazing projects around our networks, this is an opportunity to hear and learn new ways of working, and sharing good practices – what really works why and around the how    Reserve your place here

Group Facilitation Training Skills

Exclusive to iNetwork members, ICA:UK are offering courses at their discounted rate for their upcoming Group Facilitation Methods and Action Planning courses in Manchester.  

ICA:UK is a non-profit and charitable organisation dedicated to helping people implement participatory and consensus-based models in their work. iNetwork staff are all trained in ICA:UK's group facilitation methods. The training has supported iNetwork to facilitate round-table events, consensus workshops and action planning meetings.

To claim your discounted rate at band B rates, call Clare at ICA:UK on 0161 2328444. Please quote iNETWORK when making your booking.

Training Update

You may remember some time ago I sent out invitations to express interest in FREE/FUNDED Lean Techniques training. I am super excited to report to you that we now have 12 Local Authority and NHS organisations equating to 20+ teams 250+ learners either completed or work in progress. 

Thank you to everyone who accessed the offer with your help and in partnership with Gateshead College that’s an amazing £450,000.00 in Innovation Funding we have been able to provide for you guys!

I am in the process of collecting and collating the project boards and with permission from the organisations involved I will be sharing these successes with you all.

Gateshead College also offer some amazing opportunities in their Apprenticeship Programmes this is great way to grow your workforce and harness talent, to ensure the future success of your organisation. ie: Customer Services or Business Administration, Health & Social Care, Management, Team, Leading drop me an email if you want to know more @Cath 

What this space for any future opportunities to access more offers

How to 'Unconference'
Following our hugely successful unconference last year, I have been approached by a number of organisations asking for hints and tips on how to run a successful unconference.

If there is enough interest, I will set up a short session where interested parties can come together and we can share and learn from my research and experiences. Please contact with me to express an interest (with no commitment to attend at this point). @Cath

Other news and snippets i spotted .......


Finally happy stories ..these just made me smile .....

  • Dog mess DNA test !! - The parish council in Alresford, Essex, has proposed taking swabs from local dogs to create a DNA database which could then be matched to dog mess in the village in an effort to trace owners who do not clean up after their pets. (Daily Express)
  •  A town must remain in the festive spirit for another couple of months while it waits for a nesting dove to vacate the council Christmas tree. And on the 13th day of Christmas… (Localgov)
Have a question that you would like to put to the wider community? Feel free to send me your questions to be included in next month's news update, or why not post your question on the iNetwork Linkedin group message board?



Go ON NW Winter Partnership Meeting
28 Jan 2016, Manchester
Community Assets: Harnessing your Communities' Strengths 
26 Feb 2016, Trafford
New Models for Customer Services
8 Mar 2016, Manchester
Effective Service Redesign and Reform (NLG) Network Leadership Group 4/4 
16 Mar 2016 (invitation only) Wigan
iNetwork InfoSec Conference 2016: Building Cyber Security and Resilience in a Digital World
22 April, Manchester
Digital Managers' Forum
26 April 2016, TBC
Go ON NW Spring Partnership Meeting
12 May, Halton
The above is a list of selected events that may be of interest to the ESR2 community. Want to see all the iNetwork events that we offer? Take a look at the iNetwork events calendar.
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