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Grapevine - Walk & Talk Co-creating innovation across the system

What is the problem this innovation solves?

Failure of co-production in spaces where the local authority holds more power; failure of local authorities to engage and tap into the resources of local people.


Walk and Talks are organised as part of Grapevine’s Social Action work which brings together people who want to make changes in their lives and communities including those who do and dont work for public services. They’re held monthly with a different theme for each walk and the opportunity to pause and listen to a speaker along the route. Grapevine use them as an alternative to more formal engagement between public services and communities

Great things happen on a Walk and Talk; best of all, perhaps, are the opportunities to talk as you walk with people you would otherwise never meet inside the service system and hear their stories, ideas and thoughts. It happens naturally as you stroll, stop and look around.

Evidence base

They have been working successfully for two years and led to innovation in the local Occupational Therapy Service (Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust)

Expected impact

Greater diversity and scale of involvement and potential for new solutions that are driven by new collaborations between people and services based on a different set of relationships.

Stage and spread (where it is/how much is there?)

Early. 4 a year for 2 years

What would councils/health organisations/local areas need to do or have in place to enable it to happen?

Make time; openess to unconventional methods of gathering; ability to let go of power and control.

What would kill it?

The opposite of the above

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