Use your voice

browningyork General communication, Inspiration, Voluntary sector

I attended a really inspiring meeting of my local voluntary sector forum this morning. We were talking about coproduction, the term for involving service users and their experiences in the design and commissioning of the services they need and want. This isn’t in itself a particularly new concept, but in these difficult financial times, when every penny has to be …

Sing while you work

browningyork Organisational culture

Yesterday evening I was entranced once again by the latest episode of choir master Gareth Malone’s current show, The Choir. Ostensibly about Gareth’s drive to create workplace choirs at 5 different organisations across Britain, for me the show is really about communication and engagement. From the nursery rhymes Gareth asks them to sing at audition, to the way choir members …

Putting your plan into words

browningyork Planning

I recently became a trustee for a local literacy charity, ABC to read. We train volunteers to go into schools and work one to one with children who are struggling to read. Supporting them in this way builds their motivation to read and increases their confidence and life skills. It’s a genuine honour to be part of such a fabulous …

Put pen to paper

browningyork General communication

I have just read a great article about writing long-hand, shared by the fantastic Zoe from Mascara for the Mind. In it, Lee Rourke describes how he and writers like him choose to write their novels out by hand in note-books rather than on computers or tablets. Reasons he gives include the noise of tapping keys and the ephemeral nature …