We would like to invite London-based frontline outreach workers to attend the first meeting of a Community of Practice, to be held on Tuesday 13 December, 12:30-4:00pm, this includes a delicious fork buffet lunch, at Homeless Link, Gateway House, Milverton Road, Kennington, SE11 4AP.
What is a Community of Practice?
A Community of Practice is a group of people with a shared occupation/outlook, coming together to share their experiences of frontline working. A true community of practice will work with a solution focus, with the aim of addressing challenges raised by doing something about them. The solution might be a small adjustment to a style of working, or it may be something bigger and more structural. The key idea is that any solution must be SMART (Specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timely).
We need YOUR expertise and knowledge!
Communities of Practice work by bringing together the considerable expertise and knowledge drawn from your daily experience doing the role to identify challenges and solutions to them, and ensure that this knowledge is represented widely.
Who should attend?
Frontline workers carrying out Outreach work across London. Managers can attend, but the aim is to have learning and insights from the work that is done on a day-to-day basis to inform potential solutions. We want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly.
What’s in it for me?
The chance to meet others doing the same work as you, in the same city; the opportunity to share and talk openly about challenges and frustrations, and to use the commonality of experience to think about practical, actionable solutions.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
We are also offering the opportunity to bid for up to £1000 seed funding for an initiative, voted on by your peers in the group, to effect small, but impactful change. More details around this at the Community of Practice.
Do I have to commit to attending every time?
Definitely not, although we find that people like the opportunity to catch up with their peers, and it helps to maintain a more smooth and ongoing dialogue. We’d encourage you to try and stay in touch with the CoP via email and/or social media.
What will be discussed?
Anything that is relevant or topical that comes up in your practice – it might be difficulties around access to services, thoughts about different models of working, training that people have been keen on. We will be encouraging one anonymised case study to be shared at each session, so that people can draw from each other’s expertise.
How do I sign up?
Please register for the event using Eventbrite. It’s totally free– but places are limited!