In 2010 the NHS Institute sponsored a series of national road-shows promoting the C2 approach to community engagement. This was particularly well received in Stoke, attendees including the My Community Matters (MCM) team of community developers aka Marvin, Lisa & Gill, recognised that this way of working would bring added value to what they were already doing and the partnership between them and C2 & Exeter University was further strengthened and formalised, leading to ‘in depth’ team coaching, mentorship and ‘learning by doing’ via shadowing the C2 team in other parts of the country, particularly at ‘live’ Listening events in Skegness and a visit to the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow for a learning exchange with C2 partners in Scotland. In tandem to this the Public Health lead at Stoke Council invested in a further five C2 courses, to take a total of five teams of over 40 key residents & agencies inc. police & housing from different parts of Stoke through the C2 Exeter programme, with the aim of spreading the methodology across whole of city.
The MCM team proved adept at creating enabling community conditions needed by cleverly adapting the C2 principles to suit local conditions in Stoke. They have since achieved large-scale community engagement and transformative resident led improvement in no less than 10 Stoke neighbourhoods and are now tackling city-centre homelessness.
Support provided by the MCM team applying C2 to individual areas of Stoke-on-Trent such as the incredible Middleport Matters has made, and still is making, a positive impact to the lives of 1000s people.
Community walks, area mapping exercises to highlight issues, facilities and services, and above all Listening Events led to community led partnerships with providers to collectively tackle priority issues identified by the community.