In a co-creating approach your Big Local partnership might work with a range of people, organisations and groups to create or design a new project, activity or service, using your combined resources. In this model, people who might be described as ‘providers’ and ‘users’ work together, pooling different kinds of knowledge and skills. For example, if activities for young people or children are a priority within your plan, the Big Local partnership might decide to involve young people, community groups, service providers and others to create a new service or activity.
If you use a co-create approach, you could:
Identify and involve relevant stakeholders, including people who:
- will use the project, activity or service, now and in the future
- have a contribution to make as well as people who are currently involved in Big Local
- have a keen interest in the activity but are not necessarily involved in Big Local.
Build on existing resources:
- identify your existing resources, including knowledge, experience, skills and abilities, influence and connections
- look at what already exists and is working well.
Identify and agree what you are trying to achieve, and develop solutions. This might include generating and testing ideas.
The advantages of this approach:
- it is tailored to your area’s needs
- it may help you address more than one priority in your plan
- it could save money and resources
- it takes into account the existing skills and knowledge among people and organisations you already know and can work with.
The challenges of this approach:
- it may require more time to develop than other approaches
- you may need to identify new partners to support or deliver your plan.