Connecting Communities: Valuing our Differences and Learning Together

A community group of people, both men & women, sat having a discussion

The ARC-GM Connecting Communities: Valuing our differences and Learning Together event took place between the 18th October and the 21st October 2021, showcasing the work of the many diverse communities of Greater Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Public and Community Involvement and Engagement Forum was set up with the ambition to support public involvement leaders from diverse backgrounds and different organisations including voluntary and community groups to undertake inclusive involvement and engagement activity; share resources and learning and work on creative outputs together.

This was the first event organised by the forum members, many of whom have been directly involved in community action to tackle COVID-19 and inequalities experienced across many local communities during the pandemic.

Caroline Sanders, ARC-GM Theme Lead for Patient & Community Involvement and Engagement Team, said:

“The ‘Connecting Communities’ event was an opportunity to show how communities and networks linked to the forum have come together during the pandemic and worked creatively to ensure that communities are supported and listened to. The sessions brought together many examples of work to improve access to public involvement and engagement opportunities supporting both researchers and heath and care organisations to understand public need during a very challenging time. They also highlight creative and collaborative ways to maximise diversity and inclusion for public involvement and engagement enabling communities to become involved in their preferred way”.

Kay Gallacher (Public Contributor) said: 

“Your event was a brilliant idea and extremely well executed. It was a rare treat to be able to share examples of good work practices and ideas with people from different organisations. It also highlighted the importance of just simply connecting with people, especially in this current virtual world. I do hope it will become a regular event”.

You can access all of the sessions from throughout the week via our dedicated Connecting Communites 2021 webpages here.

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