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Co-production is key for North Wales social enterprise creating creative solutions to local community needs

Flintshire DO-IT was created to turn community ideas into reality, channelling passions and interests into co-ordinated and purposeful collaborations with can-do attitudes.

By Ben Bostock · June 4, 2020

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Where did the business and idea originate?

A small group of us were inspired to do something, having attended the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Course and the North Wales Co-production events. We came out of a motivating meeting saying, ‘this is great, but where’s the toolkit?’ We decided to get on and ‘do it’. Hence, DO-IT was born. We started a ‘What matters to us’ conversation in Mold – as individuals, organisations and public bodies could we co-produce better local solutions, based on our collective strengths. DO-IT stand for Developing Opportunities & Interests Together. Initially, we created three projects with very little resource, using what we had, in terms of strengths and connections.

Can you give us a summary of what has been achieved?

We have created a whole collection of projects based on interests and passions, including ‘Watch-it’ (Pop-up Community Cinema), ‘Rock-it’ (Community music-making, leading to the creation of 2 Bands), ‘Gig-it’ (Gig buddies sharing their passion of going to live shows), ‘Brew-it’ (a Community coffee morning that goes from strength to strength), ‘Sustain-it’ (Based on the Permaculture approach) – now called ‘Outside Lives’ an Organisation in its own right, ‘Credit-it’ (using time credits to value and support our volunteers), ‘Circle-it’ (building strong circles of support around isolated individuals or families), ‘Voice-it’ (our Self-advocacy project) ‘Thumb-it’ (a new community transport project) and ‘Inspire-it’ (our Training arm – enabling people to learn about how we put asset-based and co-productive practice into action).Two years ago, with the help of the ‘Care to Co-operate’ project at the Wales Co-operative Centre, we turned ourselves from a project into a Community Interest Company (CIC) and a Co-operative.

Did you have to overcome any major obstacles / challenges?

Not really – by focusing on what’s strong, not what’s wrong, we have recognised that people (individuals & Organisations) are motivated to work together to co-create good stuff. It’s all out there if only we would look, ask the right questions, make the right connections and get on and do! A positive, solution-focused, co-productive attitude is what you need.

Any there any members of staff / community you would like to give special mention to?

We have no staff. Our whole community of ‘DO-ER’s’ have been brilliant, but special mention goes to the Brew-it Coffee morning gang, Lucy and the Outside Lives crew and Justin, Karin, Tom and others who are helping inspire others to use the same attitude and approaches.

If you had one message for the social business sector right now, what would it be?

Tap into what we have got, our natural strengths, passions and motivations. Don’t get down in the doldrums, see this awful situation as an opportunity to connect and mobilise people in new ways. The challenging times that we are in will enable us to unearth new leaders and do-ers. Get on and DO-IT!

Please visit us on our Facebook page – Flintshire DO-IT or on Twitter @flintshiredoit

Flintshire DO-IT has received business consultancy support and advice from Social Business Wales, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

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