Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

A chance to learn and network at GRAMNet event on Feb. 14, 2014

By Dr. Joanne Tippett, Founder of Ketso

Ketso Taster session: Integrating co-production into delivery of strategies and services. There are still some places left on this FREE event, Feb. 14th 10:00 – 13:00, which is being held at the University of Glasgow.  If you would like to join us, please register here!!!

I am really excited to be coming up to Glasgow next week. First, I get a chance to visit one of my favorite cities (it one of the places that every time I visit I think: I could leave Manchester (which I also love) to live here). Even better, I get to meet up with my friends and colleagues in GRAMNet. This time, I am also going to have a chance to meet even more people doing all sorts of interesting work in engagement, equality, change management and learning.

GRAMNet has kindly sponsored a Ketso taster session on Feb. 14. Joe Brady, Head of Integration of the Scottish Refugee Council, is going to talk about how he has been using Ketso to facilitate dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders, from project planning through to developing strategy at the national level.

This will be followed by an interactive session with Ketso to explore the ideas raised – and learn from the people who are attending. There are over 25 people signed up, and they work in a wide range of areas, such as:

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Health improvement

Social Care

Library Development

Offender Learning

Refugee Integration

Equality and Diversity

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English as an Additional Language

Change management in the NHS

Community Development and Planning

Further Education

Higher Education

It looks like we are going to have a lively and interesting dialogue, and it will be great to spend a few hours thinking about new ways of integrating co-production into our way of working.

I am especially keen to hear more from Joe. The last time we met was in June 2013, at a networking session in Glasgow. Then, he talked to me about how Ketso was helping the Scottish Refugee Council see new ideas and develop fresh perspectives. This helped me to crystallize my own understanding of the way the toolkit works (there is nothing like learning from the people who are using and developing and extending your original idea). Joe said this after the session:

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“I feel strongly that our sector, and others, often focus on vulnerability to the neglect of recognizing resilience: Ketso provides a safeguard against this trap.

An example of this that I shared at the networking session have been the Refugees in Scotland’s Communities thematic working groups, where unexpected opportunities and goals were identified e.g. the importance of arts and cultural engagement and the need to develop a national engagement framework for new communities; and the opportunity for enterprise – both private and social enterprise.

I believe if that we had not used Ketso as a participation and engagement tool these may not have been identified or been so prominent.”

I am looking forward to learning more from his experience and reflections since then!

Dr. Joanne Tippett, Lecturer in the School of Environment, Education and Development at The University of Manchester.

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