Community Planning to Co-production - Involving your community

Level: Intermediate

Category: Voice and influence

This course will consider different ways you can involve your community in planning, delivering and evaluating your organisation’s activities, and gain supporters for your organisation and its work.

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Thursday 10 June, 2021 - 1pm to 4:30pm

What is this course about?

The course is about involving local stakeholders or partners in your work at different levels – from engagement to delivery to support for a campaign.

It’s about understanding the diverse range of potential stakeholders in your work and ensuring that your planning and delivery are suitably designed to lead to collaboration that reflects the people often unheard as well as eager contributors.

Co-production is typically time-consuming, especially as each situation requires its own unique approach. But the time invested is usually rewarded through increased trust, stronger relationships, better outcomes and sustainability.

What will you learn?

  • Find the advantages of community involvement at all levels of your work.
  • Identify the right levels of engagement for an activity.
  • Explore ways to get people involved and engaged, including co-production (where you work together to make something happen).
  • Make a plan to better engage community members in your work.


Why is it this course relevant or important at the moment?

Community spirit was a big factor in local and national responses to coronavirus, and people became more actively involved and interested in their neighbourhood as a result.

Whether your organisation works in a local area or with a community of interest (such as people with the same health condition), you are more likely to meet their needs when you involve them directly in your plans, projects and service delivery. You can also use examples of community planning and co-production in your funding applications – in fact, they are often now a mandatory part of the evidence funders ask for.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in community organising and looking to engage more effectively with local stakeholders.

Price: £110, around 40% off for Voscur Full Members on our half day courses, 20% off for Voscur Affiliates.

Full members: £70

Affiliates: £90

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What else do you need to know?

To take part, you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You won't need any other software. You will be emailed an invitation with a link to join the online training prior to the course.

Voscur is running all our training online due to the ongoing public health situation with coronavirus (or COVID-19). This decision was taken in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. We are aware that many VCSE organisations in the city are focusing their efforts on providing and changing their services to respond to communities. For more information about coronavirus, see


If you cancel your place on a paid for training course you will need to give at least 2 weeks' notice in which case a full refund/credit note will be issued. Less than 2 weeks' notice will result in the full cost of the course being invoiced (not being refunded/credited), unless you can give the place to somebody else.  If the place is transferred to someone else there may be an adjustment on payment/fee depending on their/their organisations membership status.

If you have been offered a free place, or the training you have booked is a free session: if you do not cancel giving at least 2 weeks' notice and you fail to attend (and are unable to send someone in your place) an admin fee of £25 will be charged, we will invoice you/your organisation.


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