Drawing from experience
A local artist helped capture the interesting discussions had at our first Resilience Interest Group.
The meeting, held in December, was well attended by about 50 people including: health and social care professionals, voluntary and community sector (VCS) professionals, people with long term conditions, carers and residents of Southwark and Lambeth.
The initial discussions were around what the purpose of the Resilience Interest Group should be and what it would like the group to do. The group agreed the purpose would be to:
- Influence and check that resilience is being built into health and social care services
- Keep an eye on how the resilience recommendations are being progressed as part of Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care and to support the recommendations where they can
- Change perspectives of the health and social care system about building resilient communities
- Help introduce local VCS services to local care networks
- Build structures and skills in VCS, public sector and in the people and carers of Southwark and Lambeth, so they can respond to resilience issues and culture change
- Make sure the group creates a real impact, not just talk about building resilient communities.
The group also ran a world café style session, where they had the opportunity to openly discuss a range of resilient communities topics.
Liz Williams, a local artist from the Dragon Café, used her artistic skills to capture the discussions through drawing.
Gareth Davies, SLIC Citizens’ Board member, said: “It’s good to think about the future, and it’s great that there’s so much interest in resilience.
“It’s important to think about what impact the work we are doing has, and that’s what this meeting has done.”
Gordon McCullough, Chief Executive of Community Action Southwark, said: “There was a lot of enthusiasm and things are moving forward. Previously there have been a lot of conversations about what resilience will look like, but now we’re being more practical.”
Alison White, a member of the Diabetes Team at the Health Innovation Network, said: “It’s really good to have the space to bring everyone together from all corners of the community and hear their views.”
Dr John King, Southwark CCG Patient Engagement Committee member, said: “It’s very nice to meet a lot of people with coherent ideas that they can clearly express.”
Dr King, a retired doctor, went on to say: “A major illness is not all doom and gloom. You can live your life independently, you just need to realise your limits. And independence means an awful lot of things, to an awful lot of people.
“The idea of having a group aiming to use resilient communities as an effective tool to improve integrated care is vital.
“The whole concept of integrated care is very important to me, as I’ve seen the effects of disjointed care and decisions being made with a lack of information.”
Kate Harvey, from the Public Health Team in Southwark and Lambeth, said: “It’s great to talk about how we can work to improve the range of factors relating to resilience.”
The next Resilience Interest Group meeting will be held on Wednesday 22 April, 4-6pm, at the Dragon Café located in the Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High St, SE1 1JA, opposite Borough tube station. The Dragon Café is an imaginative community space which will help us to reinforce our values and purpose.