Co-creation in action

14 August 2018

We have been holding a series of co-creation sessions with staff and residents from Amy's Place – our pioneering housing and substance misuse recovery support service for young women.

We are delighted that Jane Winehouse and Dominic Ruffy from the Amy Winehouse Foundation (AWF) have joined us along with Amy's Place Project Managers – Hannah, Alan and Rachel; Nathan Moore – Centra's Locality Business Manager; Sarah Vallelly, Centra's Research & Innovation Manager and, most importantly, a former Amy’s Place resident and 2 young women currently living at Amy's Place and on their journey to recovery.

In our first session we discussed what living at Amy's Place is like, how it offers young women with a range of complex needs a safe space to rebuild their confidence and gain new skills, to build new relationships and think about the life they want to lead. We then considered what needs to be done to ensure the service continues delivering these outcomes. It was a very engaging session which made us all reflect about the complexities of addiction and the need to think creatively about how support is planned and delivered.

Our second session explored what makes Amy’s Place’s unique when compared to traditional rehabilitation services and the importance of delivering a support model which is truly person-centred. The women spoke candidly about how love and trust play a big part in how Amy’s Place is run and how they feel that a collaborative and open approach is more effective in helping them achieve their addiction recovery goals. They also touched on ‘what’s next’ after Amy’s Place and challenges around moving-on.

Why are we doing all of this?

Centra is sponsoring, exhibiting and delivering a joint session with AWF at GovConnect's ‘Mental Health 2020’ conference on the 19th of September at the Royal College of Medicine in Central London in September. We want to use this opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of innovative housing + support models such as Amy’s Place and set out a call-to-action to public and government to make more of this type of provision available.  Rather than doing the usual thing, the session will be delivered by the young women living at Amy’s Place who will share their stories and experiences of recovery.  Who better to tell their story than themselves, right?

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