Platfform has spent four years engaging with people through the New System Alliance and delivering various events and training. A key challenge shared by many is that changing how we work can be hard, and it can sometimes be lonely.

Our Learning Programme aims to make strengths-based working a reality by addressing key priorities. Each session includes learning, sharing and reflection on local challenges.

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 will heard from people who have worked to implement reflection within their organisation – and considered the impact this has had.

What do we mean by mental health?

Download slides (April 4)

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 explored that, and also considers what that means for support and services more widely.

How do we share our impact?

Watch recording (May 2)

Delivered by Nick Andrews: In this session we looked 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?

Watch recording (June 13)

This session drew on our experience of leading campaigns that also connect to practice experience on the ground, and explored 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 11, 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 12, 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.