Testing and learning through the Resilience Revolution – 3 May 2019 – Blackpool Resilience Forum

Testing and learning through the Resilience Revolution – 3 May 2019 – Blackpool Resilience Forum

Topic: Testing and learning through the Resilience Revolution: Taking stock and moving forward towards the Big Resilience Get Together – Professor Angie Hart from University of Brighton and Boingboing

Resources: There were no slides from this forum but you can read about the Resilience Revolution and download the Resilience Revolution resources

Session Summary: Blackpool has really got stuck in with leading the Resilience Revolution, a world first that is setting out some key principles and practices for others to follow. Exciting developments are underway and we’re beginning to move beyond framing what we’re doing as ‘service provision’ or even as mainstream ‘community development’. We’re on a roll now with our social movement. Young people are co-leading the programme and communities are beginning to galvanize. Calling ourselves ‘co-researchers’, we are all testing and learning across traditional boundaries with statutory sector, voluntary sector and communities more broadly all working together, or at least aspiring to. But none of this is easy to pull off. So let’s spend some time together taking stock of our fundamentals and of some of the key ways in which we are embedding Resilient Therapy and other resilience approaches across the whole town.

Come along for a very interactive forum session designed for everyone to take part in. Pitch in yourself whether you are an adult, young person, parent, practitioner or academic researcher. Let’s have a focus too on making plans for The Big Resilience Get Together in July. If you’ve never heard of that, come along anyway and find out how you can take part in the best Resilience Get Together on the planet (spoiler alert, it is happening at the end of July, it used to be called ‘Learning week’ and you can read our blog about what happened at the first one here). We’d love you to get involved in the Revolution, whoever you are, wherever you are, living or working, or volunteering in Blackpool.

Biography: Professor Angie Hart is the Director of the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice at the University of Brighton. She does co-productive research with children and families, especially in relation to resilience. Angie is supporting the Resilience Revolution to embed resilience approaches across Blackpool. She is also a mental health practitioner and directs Boingboing, a social enterprise specialising in resilience research and practice with, by and for people with lived experience of adversity, based in Brighton and Blackpool, UK. Angie is the parent of three young people with complex needs who were adopted from foster care. She has a lot of experience of being a service user and is a seasoned supporter of other parents of children and young people with complex needs.

Who might be most interested: Academics, practitioners, researchers, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people, service users and people with lived experience of mental health problems.

Key Readings:

1) Reflections on Blackpool HeadStart Learning Week: https://www.boingboing.org.uk/reflections-blackpool-headstart-learning-week-blog/
2) Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements: https://www.nesta.org.uk/report/health-as-a-social-movement-the-power-of-people-in-movements/
3) Join the HeadStart Resilience Revolution- Blackpool Council: https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/Health-and-social-care/HeadStart-Blackpool/HeadStart-Blackpool.aspx
4) Resilience Revolution- Blackpool HeadStart: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/crsj/what-we-do/research-projects/resilience-revolution-blackpool-headstart.aspx
5) Centre of Resilience for Social Justice – University of Brighton: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/crsj/index.aspx
6) Building child and family resilience – Boingboing’s resilience approach in action – https://www.boingboing.org.uk/boingboings-resilience-approach-in-action/

Travel Information:
Train – The closest station is Layton, from here it is a 20min walk
Car Parks – There is a free onsite car park
Buses – Served by routes 2 and 5
Access – Step free access, all one level. There are accessible toilets on site.

This event took place on Friday 3rd May 2019 and was delivered by Pauline Wigglesworth.

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