BCFT 2020 Conference
On Wednesday 13th March 2019 Birmingham Changing Futures Together held our annual learning event aimed at challenging the stakeholders present and organisations represented to commit to our Systems Change Action Plan which highlight 4 key priorities for the city of Birmingham.
- Service for people with multiple and complex needs are accessible at the right place, at the right time
- The people who design and deliver services are reflective of the community they serve, respectful of the value of lived experience and have the skills and empathy to work effectively.
- Services are committed to long term connection, collaboration and change
- Birmingham is invested in a forward thinking strategy that addresses, responds to and prevents multiple and complex needs
Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to listen to key note speakers such as Councillor Sharon Thompson and Jean Templeton’s take on designing out homelessness through an inclusive system, influenced and designed in collaboration with those who the system currently excludes, focussing on prevention strategies and emphasising the value of lived experience at every stage.
It was overall, an excellent day of collaboration, shared learning, re-commitment towards a shared goal and an atmosphere of inspiration. Following the event, there have been many opportunities where lived experience has been crucial to the design and development of systematic strategies, such as our Experts by Experience taking part in the Housing Redesign Consultations with Birmingham City Council. It is clear that there is much more to be done across the city with the support of every Birmingham citizen, though it is excellent to see a move in the right direction, towards positive change.