Finding the Innovators

Martha Hampson
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 2:32pm

Fantastic examples of innovation are happening in every local authority across the country. Over the last four years we’ve been lucky enough to work directly with some of the most inspiring - from Derbyshire’s work with families with complex needs; to research with young people with learning disabilities in Barnet; to developing a micro-enterprise approach to social care in Wigan.

The mission of Innovation Unit is to help the public sector develop, implement and grow radically different, better services that redefine its relationship with citizens and communities. We know that one of...

Sparking innovation in two parts of Birmingham- our process for better locality working

Rebecca Birch
Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 9:18am

In our last blog post, we described what we’d done in two parts of Birmingham- Sparkbrook and Longbridge to foster new innovations in the delivery of children and young people’s services.

The process resulted in a set of new and innovative project ideas, rooted in a commitment to partnership working and responding directly to insights about life for families locally.

How we worked with two localities: a brief overview of the process


Local people in two parts of Birmingham driving change for children's services

Rebecca Birch
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 9:02am

This April, we started the 6 month ‘Turn up’ project in two parts of Birmingham- Longbridge and Sparkbrook, to foster new innovations in the delivery of children and young people’s services.

‘Turn up Longbridge and Sparkbrook’ represented a radical commitment from Birmingham City Council to work in partnership with local people and professionals in the design and delivery of innovative area-based services and focused on harnessing local knowledge and networks to spark and sustain change to improve the lives of families locally.

The process consisted of 3 elements: