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. Stage 1: Discover During the ‘Discover’ stage of the project, we hosted a workshop with community, campaigning and advocacy organisations across the UK who were interested in working with BIHR longer-term to support their human rights advocacy. This was session was so valuable for BIHR as a human rights charity, and our feedback make clear that the groups and organisations that joined found that the space to have these conversations and build relationships was very helpful. Following our Discover workshop in July, we received many applications from fantastic organisations. We used criteria to score each application and choose the top 4 scoring organisations who would work with us in this initial pilot project. Stage 2: Define These partners were then invited to a "Define" workshop. During this workshop we worked together to further define the ideas for human rights support "solutions". Each organisation then worked with a staff member to co-develop plans so that we could start work mapping, developing and testing the solutions, following this outline: A the end of the workshop, we asked the attendees to share some of their favourite, or most useful thing about the process so far: Stage 3: Develop We are currently working with the 4 partner organisations to map, develop and test their human rights "solutions". 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.