Our Work Our Work Our work with Communities Co-design a human rights support “solution” with BIHR June 2021 From July 2021, BIHR is developing its approach to its work with communities through our new Co-design a human rights support “solution” with BIHR’ project. This new programme of work seeks to support community groups and voluntary groups to find human rights “solutions” to problems or issues they face. Initially, the aim is to develop this approach with a small number of partners as pilot project, to then develop our long-term offer to community groups. Our support is intended to enable groups to address the day-to-day issues where rights are risked, creating positive change within imperfect systems. Co-design is at the core of this project. Our approach to co-design will use the below 4-stage process to ensure that the views and opinions of our partners and the eventual end “users” of the solution are central to the development. Throughout the project, groups and organisations will also be able to discuss and develop their solutions with the other partners. And then … we will take everything we learn from you to develop our next community programme of human rights support for community and voluntary organisations, based on the learnings from this pilot, and to seek further funding to resource this work. Want to get involved? Read on to find out how! Stage 1: Discover During the ‘Discover’ stage of the project, BIHR will begin to identify the problems faced by groups and organisations around using human rights advocacy, the opportunities or needs to be addressed and learn from those involved. To do this, we are holding an open access workshop for community groups to join! Join us 1 July 2021 for a workshop with community, campaigning and advocacy organisations across the UK who are interested in working with BIHR longer-term to support their human rights advocacy. So … if you had a blank page what human rights support would you want from us at BIHR? What would it look like? Think outside the box, it does not need to be a training session or a resource (it could be of course!), creativity welcome! How will it work … Register here for our Zoom workshop on 1 July 2021 at 10.30am – 12pm. The workshop is open to representatives of community, campaigning, and advocacy organisations across the UK. To ensure as many groups as possible can join us we are limiting spaces to 2 representatives per organisation. Joining us for this workshop means you will get a taster session of our human rights support, and importantly, you will be able to share your insights with us on what you need from us to truly integrate human rights advocacy into your work. You are the experts, and we want to hear from you to develop the next stage in our journey of providing human rights hub support. We will then set out a process for working with up to 5 partner groups for longer term collaboration (alongside wider opportunities, depending on what you tell us you need), through the 4-stage co-design process. This will be a complement to our work with people and public bodies, to provide community groups with the human rights advocacy support needed to make change through practical use of the law. Want to find out more about our co-design project for working with community groups? Contact the project lead, Eilidh, at [email protected]. Thank you to our core funders Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust the Tudor Trust and the Bromley Trust, for making it possible for us to explore our work with communities, and helps us co-design support solutions that mean we can all make change through human rights, together.