Our Working Together Journey
When we embarked on our co-production journey back in 2015, people we support told us that 'co-production' as a term did not fully reflect the spirit of humanity, togetherness and collaboration with which we approach what we do here at Recovery Focus.
People felt that Working Together better encompassed our philosophy and approach to supporting people to regain fulfilling lives, fully utilising their skills and experiences gained through lives in vastly diverse communities.
In early 2015 we ran a Big Conversation to inform our plans around Working Together and to give people we support the opportunity to work with us at all levels of our organisation.
We wanted to find out from the people we support how they might want to more actively participate in and have greater influence over:
- Their own support plan
- How services are run
- How our organisation is run
- Championing mental health issues and challenging stigma in society.
We received over 300 responses during our 'Big Conversation' and each and every one directly influenced our Working Together Strategy, which we launched in October 2015.
Alongside the Strategy, we have developed our Working Together Charter that underpins the work we do across our organisation from the services we run in the community to our central service functions.
A Working Together Strategy Group, led by people we support and representatives across Recovery Focus oversaw the outcome of the Big Conversation.
In 2017, the group became the Working Together Committee, enabling them to feed directly into our Group Board.