ICS System Learning Event

Colleagues moved into groups to explore the opportunities and challenges to working in a more community powered way. Whilst there was wide agreement that there are many examples where co-production and community projects are already happening which should be embedded and built upon, much of the conversation explored the challenges to overcome which includes: • No central co-ordination for community activities – e.g. Suffolk Info Link and the Essex Map are great resources but how do we keep them up to date so that it remains relevant and promote it more widely? • The jargon used within the statutory sector creates barriers to engagement for community groups • Statutory partners need to challenge themselves to think outside of an ‘institutionalised perspective’ • Non recurrent funding presents barriers to sustaining relationships and services. Co-design with communities requires time to build relationships and develop services this is difficult to achieve in just 1 year • Resource and capacity challenges within communities can limit how they engage in this process • Culture change is needed to embed this approach • Commissioning processes can lead to a competitive environment that small local organisations are unable to respond to meaning large national charities are in a stronger position • The cost of living crisis is having a significant impact on community organisations who are seeing a rise in demand, against rising costs coupled with and stagnated income • Communities aren’t hard to reach, its services that are hard to access • There is a risk of engagement fatigue if communities feel they aren’t listened to The session concluded by inviting colleagues to think about the next steps or priorities needed to progress the Community Powered Approach, the word cloud below highlights some of the key themes: sustainable arrangements intelligence unrestricted funding commissioning over-regulation principles leadership accessible power acronyms equal understanding community-based shared disempowered centralised-information collaborative values trust lived-experience co-design simplified remunerate 3 | Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System