Today will be an emotional day for me. Only people who have been involved in a life-consuming, passionate, rewarding, risky, daunting, creative project understand the highs and lows and sheer hard work that goes with the territory. Andy Bradley is one such person and I loved his tweet the other day. Thank you Andy.
Today sees the launch of Whose Shoes?® – Making It Real…
an electronic co-production tool designed to help organisations with their ‘Making It Real’ journey. It is the result of an innovative partnership with Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) and I am very grateful for the imagination and ‘can do’ attitude that has enabled this to happen.
I am honoured to be part of a fab launch event in London today as we celebrate the first birthday of ‘Making It Real’ and also launch two really useful booklets looking at how ‘Making It Real’ applies specifically to carers and people living with dementia. I am personally honoured that Larry Gardiner, who is living with dementia and is an international speaker and campaigner, has accepted our invitation. Larry is a very supportive ‘Whose Shoes?’ champion and will help us all to ‘walk in his shoes’.
Now have you been paying attention on Twitter over the last year or so. There have been some clues… 😉
8 May 2012: The ‘Making It Real’ group gives the thumbs up:
20 June 2012: – The National Co-Production group gives the thumbs up:
14 Nov 2012 – Burning the mid-night oil – we couldn’t tear Sally away from the prototype:
— Shahana Ramsden (@ShahanaRamsden) November 14, 2012
27 Nov 2012 – Scotland! We both have strong links there!
4 Dec 2012 More audios recorded (now that was a story!):
— Shahana Ramsden (@ShahanaRamsden) December 4, 2012
17 Dec 12 – More organisations signing up to Making It Real!
23 Jan 13 – A change of TLAP Director, as Martin Routledge leaves, but no change in direction. And, thankfully, continuing strong support from new TLAP Director Sam Bennett:
29 Jan – Anticipation building. Governance International are champions of co-production and see Whose Shoes? as a strong co-production tool, so a win:win. We love working together.
@whoseshoes Thanks Gill, this is mutual. We are looking forward to seeing (and playing) the e-version of Whose Shoes!
— GovInt (@govint_org) February 1, 2013
4 Feb 2013 – Shahana testing!:
21 Feb – A fab early mention for new electronic tool in Shirley Ayres’ excellent ‘Click guide’ to all things digital in Adult Social Care:
— Gill Phillips (@WhoseShoes) February 22, 2013
5 March – Coming soon… (Laura has been involved with testing the prototype)
6 March – Still finalising new website – VERY soft launch but Shirley, who has been following the whole story and is extremely supportive, tweets…
17 March Launching the new website and case studies…
— Emma Taylor (@est987) March 17, 2013
21 March Spreading the word – an invitation to demonstrate the new tool to the East Region Personalisation Network:
— Gill Phillips (@WhoseShoes) March 25, 2013
22 March 2013 – TLAP are a fab team and Shahana Ramsden is the ‘Making It Real’ lead::
26 March 2013: New TLAP chairs – Congratulations Clenton!:
— martin routledge (@mroutled) March 26, 2013
28 March 2013 Jaimee Lewis announces ‘May 2013’ …
— jaimee lewis (@jaimeelewis) March 28, 2013
And the time has whizzed by… And now it is today.
And it’s going to be an exciting day.
Not least because…