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Creative Styles for Inclusive Vibes 

Creative co-production involving people through creative means such as drama, poetry, song and animations was a strong theme across the event. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic could have easily dampened creativity the communities of Greater Manchester looked for new inventive ways to unleash their creative flare. 

Key learnings from the session:

  • Participatory methods are undervalued but can help to make things more engaging, it brings it to life not only for participants but for policy makers/ health and care service delivery planners.
  • Co-Creating work with communities can really make a difference
  • Experiential approaches enable individuals to immerse themselves and moves them in to a place where they can connect with something on a more human level
  • Where topics are sensitive or in groups that may find it difficult to express their own view point, using characters and drama enables them to talk about topics in the 3rd person
  • Using the power of photography, we can show the diversity of our communities and explore the question ‘what community means to me’.  
  • We were left asking how we can do more of this, we are all learning

Presentations from the Creative Styles session:

Creative Co-production

A seat at the table

Paul Hine (Made by Mortals) & Paul Clarkson (Social care researcher and Deputy Director, Social Care and Society @ University of Manchester)


Inspired by the presentations and discussion at the Connecting Communities PCIE Week, Sue Wood (Head of ARC GM) wrote a poem on the importance of public involvement.