The Strengths Based Learning Programme

Platfform is delivering a series of learning events through March and September, which are designed to create connections, inspire people to action, and build momentum for strengths-based practice.

Thursday 7th March, 2024 at 9:30am
Thursday 5th September, 2024 at 11:00am

We have spent the last four years engaging with people through the New System Alliance, and delivering a wide range of events or training. One of the key challenges that people have shared from the start, is that changing how we work can be hard, and it can sometimes be lonely. Sometimes people are working with the full support of the system, or their organisations – other times they might be trying something new whilst feeling isolated.

Our Learning Programme is built around trying to make strengths-based working a reality, and the the key priorities we need to work through in order to get there. Each learning session will include an hour where we present and share learning – followed by an hour of reflection where people can raise other barriers or challenges they are facing locally.

Reflective Practice

Watch recording here  (March 7th)

Reflective practice, done with the right conditions and understanding, can be transformational in how we deliver support. In this session, we heard from people who have worked to implement reflection within their organisation – and the impact this has had.

What do we mean by mental health?

April 4, 9:30 – 11:30am

Platfform has been campaigning for a shift in the way we understand mental health – an understanding that is based on acknowledging the impact that poverty, trauma, discrimination and inequality have on our wellbeing. This session will explore that, and also consider what that means for support and services more widely.

How do we share our impact?

May 2, 9:30 – 11:30am

In this session we will look at ways that we can gather impact around strengths-based work, and consider the challenges that face the third sector – and how the need for generating evidence of impact in purely quantitative ways can stymie creativity and change.

How do we campaign for local change?

June 6, 9:30 – 11:30am

This session will draw on our experience of leading campaigns that also connect to practice experience on the ground, and will explore what power and agency support workers, coaches and other practitioners have to make local change.

How do we embed understandings of power in our co-production?

July 4, 9:30 – 11:30am

A key theme for coaching and other strengths-based approaches has been how can we broaden our understanding of power and how this can play out across services. We will explore how we can create the conditions needed for authentic co-production.

How do we navigate the emotional complexity of endings?

September 5, 9:30 – 11:30am

In the New System Alliance’s final month, it seems fitting to talk about ‘endings’, and how we navigate the emotional complexity of sending support for people. We will explore what we have learned through delivering the PTS coaching approach in how to manage this often challenging transition.

We would encourage people to book onto the Learning Programme using the form below or the link above. We will then contact you with event joining details for each of these sessions in turn.

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