Our Community of Practice (CoP) model is a way to bring together individuals and organisations around specific issues.
A Community of Practice can
- Connect people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact, either as frequently or at all.
- Provide a shared context for people to communicate and share information, stories and personal experiences in a way that builds understanding and insight.
- Enable dialogue between people who come together to explore new possibilities, solve challenging problems, and create new, mutually beneficial opportunities.
- Stimulate learning by serving as a vehicle for authentic communication, mentoring, coaching, and self-reflection.
- Capture and share existing knowledge to help people improve their practice by providing a forum to identify solutions to common problems and a process to collect and evaluate best practices.
- Introduce collaborative processes to groups and organisations to encourage the free flow of ideas and exchange of information.
- Help people organise around purposeful actions that develop tangible results.
- Generate new knowledge to help people transform their practice to accommodate changes in needs and technologies. (Adapted from Cambridge, Kaplan & Suter)
Our current CoPs are a flexible approach to problem solving and sharing ideas and are open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter. You can get in touch with us any time to find out more – see the list below for the things we are currently working on and our contact for each one.
Volunteering CoP – firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Anchor CoP – email@example.com
Multiple and Complex Needs CoP – firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive About Play CoP – email@example.com
Early Help CoP – firstname.lastname@example.org