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Learning Network

The 'Well-being in the East' Learning Network was run in partnership by Enable East and Public Health England.

The Learning Network offered educational and shared learning opportunities for all our project partners to:

  • Share learning with each other about well-being and the portfolio's target beneficiary groups
  • Get support with project management, incorporating learning from our previous Well-being in the East portfolio about the challenges that we, and our partners, may face
  • Share the learning about best practice as widely as possible, including with colleagues from local authority well-being boards, NHS Trusts and CCGs; health and social care professionals working with the target groups; and the public.
  • Contribute to, and eventually to share the outcomes of, our evaluation of this portfolio

The focus was on resilience, and so our objective was that sharing the learning within the Network and more widely would enable the achievements of the portfolio to be sustainable in the future for all those concerned with public well-being.

Reviews of our previous Learning Network Events.

Why Change is Essential to Success
Thursday 2nd October 2014 - The West Wing, Ickworth House, Suffolk

Enable East was delighted to welcome Professor David A. Shore to a number of specially organised events during our annual Harvard Week which took place from the 29th September to the 3rd October. Giving our Community Resilience Projects the chance to hear from a world renowned expert in marketing and managing change in healthcare organisations, these events proved extremely popular among those who attended.

IMG 1822"Professor Shore's presentations during Harvard Week allow us to offer some added value to our Well-being in the East portfolio" says Susannah Howard, Enable East Director. "He provides focussed, specialised advice and guidance for our projects on a range of subjects that can help secure their future effectiveness."

Events took place in Cambridge, Harwich and Bury St. Edmunds and covered issues affecting organisations such as 'Why Change is Essential to Success' and 'Gaining Competitive Advantage'. Not only were delegates able to hear theory and engaging anecdotes, Prof Shore also included their personal experiences within the presentations by creating interactive examples and encouraging participation through group discussions.

"I really enjoyed the chance to hear a professor speak so passionately," said one participant at the 'Why Change is Essential to Success' event held at Ickworth House in Suffolk. The event looked at how organisations of any size can handle the process of change effectively, and emphasised why change is so important in the increasingly competitive world of health care. Prof Shore's humorous use of acronyms kept the audience engaged and allowed them to relate to the subject, as they had all come across CAVE people (Constantly Against Virtually Everything) at some point in their working lives! Gaining a greater understanding of how change happens and what it can bring to an organisation was a great learning curve for most delegates.

"I especially liked that 'soft' outcomes are being recognised and that building trust is recognised as being paramount," said another delegate having heard how bringing about effective and necessary changes can help build brand awareness and trust among customers. "There were some striking points and plenty of food for thought."

The response from delegates was overwhelmingly positive and Enable East were pleased that the programme of events delivered what they had set out to achieve. "We are committed to providing the projects involved in our Big Lottery funded Well-being in the East portfolio with continued support and development through our Learning Network, allowing them to build sustainability for the future," Susannah adds. "This portfolio is not just about providing well-being initiatives to our local communities on a short term basis, but looks to ensure that these projects can continue to provide this support going forward."


Looking Ahead: using monitoring and evaluation to ensure your project's sustainability
Thursday 7th August 2014 - The West Wing, Ickworth House, Suffolk

Well-being in the East organised a Learning Network event on August 7th, held in the beautiful West Wing of Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds. The event was entitled 'Looking Ahead: using monitoring and evaluation to ensure your project's sustainability' and was led by Jenny Williams, Senior Consultant from Ecorys.

Jenny spoke during the morning on evaluation techniques and exercises relating to our community resilience projects. This was followed in the afternoon by a workshop on Advanced Techniques on Social Return On Investment and Social Media and how to incorporate these into their reporting.

delegates at the learning event enjoyed hearing from Jenny Williams, Senior Consultant from EcorysThree Well-Being in the East community resilience projects then presented: Bounce! – Roz Rospopa, Groundwork Essex, Suffolk & Norfolk – Josie Cubbins, and Strong Roots – Lucy Scurfield. Each gave an overview of their projects and the monitoring techniques they use to gather outcomes.

Two further workshops were held in the afternoon with Ed Hickman, Grant Funder from Big Lottery, presenting on two of its grant programmes: Reaching Communities and Awards for all, incorporating information on the essentials of an application to the Big Lottery Fund. Jill Curd, workshop facilitator from Essex Foundation Trust, covered The Value of Monitoring and Evaluation, explaining how good feedback links to good funding applications.

With a fabulous turnout of delegates, the event proved very successful for the projects within and charities outside the Well-Being in East portfolio. Joanne Hockey of Headway said: "This was a good chance to hear about other projects, and ways to measure and evaluate. The workshops in the afternoon were very informative." Paula Hall of The Purfleet Trust also commented: "I enjoyed the whole day, and my highlight was the presentation by Ed Hickman."


Effective Project Delivery: Thinking Ahead: Wednesday 2 October 2013

This learning event offered a unique and exclusive educational opportunity for those with responsibility to deliver projects as part of the Big Lottery Funded 'Well-Being in the East' Portfolio led by Enable East. It was taught exclusively by senior academics from what are arguably the two best universities in the world: Harvard University in the USA and Cambridge University in the UK.

Marketing Well-Being: Friday 4 October 2013

Professor David A. Shore at Harvard University is one of the world's leading experts on brand, reputation and strategic marketing. At this unique event he explored one of the toughest global marketing challenges - how we can be more effective at marketing our well-being programmes to those we want to use them?

We kicked off our Learning Network programme in style with a visit from Professor David A. Shore from Harvard University who headlined two events covering Marketing Well-Being and Effective Project Delivery.

Professor Shore (pictured below with Enable East's Director, Susannah Howard) was visiting the UK for a week of events and networking and was delighted to be able to work with projects involved in the Well-Being in the East portfolio.

 Professor David Shore of Harvard University pictured here with Enable East's Director, Susannah HowardAlong with Professor John Clarkson from Cambridge University, Professor Shore delivered 'Effective Project Delivery: Thinking Ahead' at the Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex. This event invited representatives from Community Resilience Projects to think about and explore how to 'select the right initiatives, at the right time, for the right reasons and with the right people', how to operationalise their change initiatives and the importance of thinking in advance about what could go wrong.

One delegate said: 'I knew nothing about project management before coming today. I found this day was pitched at the right level. Engaging and very interesting.' Another felt it was 'very helpful for reflecting on what constitutes success and how to consider factors that might alter this.'

Delegates at the 'Marketing Well-Being' event at the Hilton Stansted were treated to some insights on the difficult challenge of marketing our well-being projects effectively to those who we want to use them. The overwhelming positive feedback from those who attended demonstrates the valued learning delegates took away with them. Feedback highlights included 'the opportunity to meet and network with other projects and people' and learning about the 'practical aspects of promoting a charity'. One delegate said it was great to 'get a full day packed full of fantastic information from a very knowledgeable man, who explained everything in terms I could follow' and on taking this learning away with them and putting it into practice, one said: 'We learnt we need to keep our marketing strategy simple, but true to our core focus and values'.




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