Residential Learnings

Last month was a busy month rounding off our Define workshops with young people, social workers and carers. It was great to have a new partner join us in this second phase, Acorn Homes, to allow the Codesigning Care team to spend some time with staff and young people in a residential setting. Acorn Group is Read more about Residential Learnings[…]

Integrating literature with design research

The DfE project is particularly innovative in its triangulated approach to designing the service. As well as co-designing workshops with young people and carers, we are building in insights from professionals, experts and academic literature to inform our design ideas, discussions and service development. Some of the key findings are discussed here. Young people struggling with trauma and Read more about Integrating literature with design research[…]

Define Workshops

This week saw the kick off of our Define workshops. Working with Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster boroughs in London we now have two regular groups of young people working with us to build on the ideas we developed during the first phase of the project. Starting with loose concepts, and a few limited function Read more about Define Workshops[…]

Discovery in full swing

Over the last month we have been super busy diving into the Discovery Phase of the project. So far we have held 6 discovery workshops, engaging 35 young people along the way. The focus of these workshops has been to understand the experiences of young people in care: what have been the hardest moments and what has helped them along Read more about Discovery in full swing[…]

Learning and Sharing with the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme

On Monday 29th June Islington’s Assembly Hall – a stunning 1930’s dancehall restored in 2009 – hosted all 53 projects who successfully applied to the DfE’s Innovation Fund. Spring Consortium had arranged the Learning Event so that everyone could experience the level of commitment to the programme from the DfE and have the opportunity to Read more about Learning and Sharing with the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme[…]

A helping hand from The Care Council

Yesterday we were excited to kick off our engagement with young people with a short but sweet introductory workshop with The Children in Care Council from Essex. The aim of the session was to present the project and get their feedback on our ‘sales pitch’. Were we putting emphasis on the right elements? What could we say Read more about A helping hand from The Care Council[…]