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Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, defines co-production as “about developing equal partnerships between the people who use services and their carers, and those who run them. It’s a subtle but effective methodology for engaging closely with the end-user from the beginning, on a basis of mutual respect. It can be used to overcome barriers, manage expectations and solve complex problems.”

According to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), “co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that offers people real choice and control.”

You can learn more about co-production at:

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Social Care Institute for Excellence

Below are some articles we published relating to co-production.

Pedal & Picnic for SEND Families

Join Simply Cycling staff for an all-ability guided ride and picnic on Manchester’s green routes, off-road trails and parks. The 2hr activity is for two families at a time (max. 10 people) and the routes will be geared around needs and abilities. This photo

Treetop Trek for SEND Families

Two hour sessions of tree-riffic bouncy adventure in the high trees are on offer at Tree Top Trek in Heaton Park. Enjoy free play high up in the trees on huge bouncy nets with super-fast slides and aerial walkways. These special sessions for Manchester's SEND

Community Market Garden for SEND Families

These 2-hour sessions at Platt Fields Market Garden are FREE for Manchester's SEND families. Activities include seed balls and bug hotels, painting plant pots and pebbles, Garden Bingo, and sowing seeds to take home. Sessions are 1-3pm every Thursday in the holidays - 30th July

School Summer Play Spaces – Melland

Melland High School’s playing field is open to families for three weeks of the holidays - Monday 27th July to Friday 14th August, between 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday. This is for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25 years.

School Summer Play Spaces – The Birches

The Birches Specialist Support School is offering summer play spaces over the coming weeks. This is for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 18 years. The Birches has 45-minute play slots in two areas: The slide playground

Success Story: Paperbag Sensory and Activity Packs

Back in early May, we shared an idea with some Manchester City Council partners about producing sensory kits for SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) families across the city. We thought of the project because we’ve heard that many families are having issues managing their

Co-Production : Parent Moderation of EHCPs, Good Practice in Early Years, Anxiety Pathway

To celebrate Co-Production Week, we asked various partners from Manchester’s Education, Health and Care services to reflect and share with us how co-production has helped them deliver provision to families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Here is a

Co-production with Children’s Community Health Services

We recently invited various partners from Manchester's Education, Health and Care services to reflect and share with us how co-production has helped them deliver SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) provision to our families. Below is a message from Laila Baig (Head of Service Children

Co-Production in Manchester

In celebration of National Co-Production Week, we invited some partners from the Local Authority to reflect and share with us how co-production has helped them deliver services to SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) families in Manchester. Below is a message from Maureen Howell, Manchester

Manchester’s Ordinarily Available Provision for Early Years

It's our pleasure to share with you the final draft of Manchester's Ordinarily Available Provision for Early Years document, which describes the support, strategies and activities that are available in early years settings to young children with additional needs, without the need for a formal