You are invited to take part in a world café investigating how members of the public affiliated to the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire engage with health and social care research, strategy and service development. The session is taking place at The Dudson Centre on 16th February from 11am to 1pm and lunch will be provided. A world café includes listening to a short presentation and then being part of a group discussion to explore this topic. Attendees will receive a £20 gift voucher for their time.

Your affiliation to the VSCE sector might be through VAST membership or or as a a volunteer or paid member of staff for a community group, voluntary sector organisation or social enterprise.

The event is aimed at people linked to the VCSE sector in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire who would like to share their experiences and ideas on how the Health and Social Care sector can better engage with the VCSE sector on research, strategy and service development. We know that some young people also volunteer in their communities and for this session, we would ask that people are aged 16 years and over to attend. We anticipate that mostly adults will attend.  We want to know what works, and what we could be doing better to ensure that everybody has the chance to get involved in research.

We can host a maximum of 30 people and as such we ask people to book here. If you have any questions that you need answering before you sign up to the event, then please email [email protected]

The world café learning and research session is being conducted by Staffordshire University on behalf of the Staffordshire and Shropshire Health and Care Economy Research Partnership (SSHERPa). SSHERPa brings together people working in research in the NHS, local authorities, universities and is a group of academics and practitioners from public and third sectors aiming to support the development of partnerships and infrastructures for collaborative research across two Integrated Care Systems, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent (SSoT) and Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin (STW). SSHERPa successfully obtained funding from NHS England REND to capture learning in relation to how to enhance community engagement. We will be reporting findings to SSHERPa, NHS England and we plan to write a publication on the findings too.

Just to give you the heads up, some of event discussions will be audio recorded and then anonymised when the final reports are produced, and people’s names will not be used in reports (unless you request them to be).

Book your place here