“Every day is a winding road”
Sheryl Crow sang “every day is a winding road” and, at times, it has seemed like that for me in 2016.
That is in no way a complaint and I have been delighted to take the Self Management Network Scotland Roadshow to eight locations this year. I also know many people who travel much more than this for work but it has been a new experience for me this year.
Back in February, I made an offer to all members of the Self Management Network Scotland to partner with the Self Management Partnership and Practice team to deliver an event in their local area. As Network Officer, I’ve been keen to focus on creating face-to-face networking opportunities for members. After hosting four events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee during 2014 and 2015, I was eager to host events out-with central Scotland and emphasize that the network is a national resource. I was contacted by 13 interested members and, ultimately delivered seven roadshow events and one additional event during Book Week Scotland in November. You can read a summary of the first seven roadshow events here and a summary of the Book Week Scotland event here.
As part of my role, I’ve been asked to support the development of local self management networks as well as the national network hosted here at the ALLIANCE. Following the events hosted this year, we’ve established links with existing and potential networks in Aberdeen, Inverclyde, Edinburgh, the Borders and the Orkney Islands. These networks already exist and so much great work is already being done in self management. I see my role as simply amplifying this and in working to create links to share learning and best practice.
Moving into 2017, I really want to concentrate on those links and on what I can do to facilitate more networking opportunities. We will be publishing a summary of this year’s roadshow work early in 2017 to share our learning and what attendees said about the events. There will also be a networking event early in the year where we will be asking you to help us develop meaningful networking opportunities, select useful tools and explore techniques to make this all more effective. Look out for a save the date in January!