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Capturing Thoughts About PCSOs and Engagement

  I am writing this blog for three reasons: The practice of PCSOs is changing and I don’t agree we are going in the right direction @GMHales recently tweeted about the role of PCSOs being about engagement and asked me to blog some initial thoughts I am regularly frustrated by the missed potential of the[…]

March 5th 2019
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Some further reflections on whether ‘community is the best medicine’

In October 2018 MutualGain had the opportunity to meet a range of health and social practitioners from across the country when exhibiting at the King’s Fund conference, Community is the best medicine: making a reality of community-based health.  Although there were examples of some fantastic practice it was hard not to be left with the[…]

February 4th 2019
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Policing: Inspiration and Despair – knife crime is not our only problem

    I’ve been talking all things policing over the last couple of weeks with a broad variety of interested parties – whether it’s at the launch of the new Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, the findings from the Home Affairs Committee, or the Police Foundation Conference exploring innovation in policing. The dialogue I have[…]

November 20th 2018
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Modern Neighbourhood Policing – form or function?

Over the past few months I have shared a number of platforms with the College of Policing and the Police Foundation on the subject of Neighbourhood Policing. We agree on so much about the principles that underpin good neighbourhood policing, yet I would argue that ‘good’ cannot be achieved through function and structure alone. Effective,[…]

November 13th 2018
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Eureka!

Fourteen years I’ve been a police officer. Ask me why, and I’ll give you a rather mechanised response, “To help people”. And so will, no doubt, the majority if not all other police officers to who you pose this question. I didn’t join the police service to help people per se but it’s often a[…]

October 29th 2018
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A journey of a 1000 miles, starts with a single step…

It was 2016. The bare school sports hall was harshly lit with neon tube lighting, flickering occasionally on the few people present who were sat, perched on uncomfortably low chairs; those chairs seemed huge when I was a kid. Conversation was stilted. Despite my repeated outline of reduced staff against a backdrop of austerity budgets[…]

October 18th 2018
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Don Pedro’s Arrival and The Housing Green Paper. 

So, there’s still plenty of time to comment on the government’s Green Paper on Housing, with the consultation deadline pointing at 6th November. The five principles that hold it up provide ample food for thought:    Ensuring homes are safe and decent;    Swift resolution of disputes and complaints;    Empowering residents and making sure[…]

October 10th 2018
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The Top Five Skills Needed to Help Build Social Capital

The following blog was written by Ernie Hendricks, one of the learners on MutualiLearn.  The blog was submitted as part of his endeavours to achieve a level 4 qualification in Building Social Capital Through Community Engagement. People have been asking about the community engagement work I’ve been doing. I figured I’d pen a quick note to[…]

October 3rd 2018
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Improving Democracy Through Dialogue – Stockholm, Sweden May 2018

      I am writing this during the lunchtime session of day one at the SALAR conference on Participatory Budgeting.  I am in Stockholm, Sweden (a very expensive place to eat and drink – £8 for a beer!). This blog is a way of me adopting the role of social reporter – not a[…]

May 17th 2018
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LFRS – World Café at Revoe School in Blackpool provides ‘Mutual Gain’

ON the evening of Thursday the 14th September nine months of multi-agency collaboration culminated in the delivery of a World Café at Revoe School in Blackpool. This is part of a MutualGain initiative from the Home Office which trains staff to engage with communities in a completely different way. The aim of the café is[…]

September 22nd 2017