GM Residents' Stories
The Greater Manchester Network of Community Reporter (GMNCR) supports and engages in Community Reporting activities across the conurbation. In this network organisations such as Macc, GMYN, Gorsehill Studios, Big Life, Bolton CDP and Inspiring Communities Together act as Social Licensees that train new Community Reporters in their geographical areas and support them to continue to capture and share their own and other people' stories about what life is like in their communities. As part of the Greater Manchester Public Service Reform (GMPSR), the GMNCR has expanded with new Community Reporter groups and Social Licensees being established in key areas in which the reforms around place-based integration (PBI) are taking place.
Over a period of 12-months, the Institute of Community Reporters (the ICR) has developed the GMNCR and used this network to gather people's stories in neighbourhoods in which the PBI team are currently working. The stories gathered during this process cover topics pertinent to the work of the PBI teams (i.e. user experience), and also what life is like in general for people living in these neighbourhoods. As part of this process, we used our storytelling, insight and co-production models of Community Reporting with different groups to enable them to tell their stories, whist simultaneously developing the capacities of the PBI teams, new and existing Social Licensees and individuals within the neighbourhoods to support this practice to continue within their community in a sustainable way.
Since September 2016 when we started on this development process, over 250 stories have been uploaded by the GMNCR members to the Community Reporter website, both on the PBI work and other pertinent issues to residents of Greater Manchester. During this period we have trained 57 new Community Reporters and Community Reporter Trainers, and delivered over 50 Community Reporter sessions, Training-The-Trainer activities, Support Sessions, Community Reporter Meet-Ups, GMNCR Network Meetings and Community Briefing Presentation Events. Additionally, we have produced curated content that identifies the key insights from the stories gathered in the form of feature articles such as these ones:
Summative video stories and feature stories like the ones listed below, and a final written report in relation to the PBI teams and their work, which can be accessed here: Stories of Lived Experience from Residents of Greater Manchester.
This content and the findings were used as the basis for a Conversation of Change event held in late 2017 that brought together residents, Community Reporters, PBI team members, Social Licensees, Researchers and people working in strategy in the public sector. At this event, attendees participated in facilitated discussions about some of the key ideas to emerge from this project, using the stories gathers as stimuli and provocations for dialogue between different stakeholders on the issues facing residents of Greater Manchester.
If you are a resident of Greater Manchester and have a story to tell about what life is like where you live, in add your story to this project!