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By Sport England | 09 July 2024 | TAGS: Place working, Place based partnerships, people and leadership

Over the past six years, we’ve tested our place-based approach working with places across the country with some of the most disadvantaged and least active communities.

We’ve been working with places and communities, connecting, collaborating, doing things differently… helping to make physical activity everyone’s business.

This has been a huge learning experience which has shown that although approaches and outcomes may differ from place to place, what is consistent is the importance and value of the people doing the work.

This is where the real difference is being made.

With this in mind, we have invested time evaluating the approach and surfacing the learning to better understand the skills, mindsets, behaviours and capacity required to enable successful place based systemic working. 

We are pleased to now share this learning through our ‘Place Change Makers’ podcast series and associated resources.

In this series, we explore personal journeys, practical examples and challenges faced by those at the heart of this work.

Each episode focuses on a key topic and deep dives into the associated skills, mindset and behaviours that are crucial for driving change across local systems.

A graphic with the titles of the Place Change Maker podcast episodes

Take a listen and download

All episode content, transcripts, videos and associated resource can be found at:

Episode One: People Make The Difference

Hackney & Sheffield place partners explore the eolution of mindsets, values, and behaviours crucial for systemic change from places that are putting it into practice. Take a listen

Episode Two: Building Capacity

Southall & Leeds place partners deep dive into capacity building within communities, focusing on leadership development and community empowerment. Sharing real stories and methods that drive successful systemic change. Take a listen

Episode Three: Being A Humble Leader

Greater Manchester & Doncaster place partners explore the meaning of leadership within the context of place-based systemic working.  Spending time considering the essential leadership skills and behaviours from people involved in leading and building capacity for leadership within their place. Take a listen

Episode Four: Building Meaningful Relationships

Devon, South Tees & Calderdale place partners explore the dynamics and successes behind impactful collaborations. From forging partnerships, navigating partnership dynamics to sustaining meaningful relationships in systemic initiatives. Take a listen

Episode Five: The Power of Reflective Practice

Pennine Lancashire, Durham & Bradford place partners explore what reflective practice means and it’s importance in driving systemic change.  You’ll hear stories of reflection and impact on continuous improvement and discussion of the values, skills and behaviours that enable it to become embedded into everyday practice. Take a listen

Episode Six: Workforce Matters

Withernsea & Pennine Lancashire place partners explore innovative methods and approaches to recruitment, exploration of hosting arrangements, the importance of building team cohesion, sustainability – what does good look like? How can capacity demands be absorbed within the wider system or not? Take a listen

You can also read the blog from Lola Akindoyin, Head of Programme for Hackey Place Partnership as she shares her experience of the importance of ‘people’ and her own journey of change in Hackney.

Hear more from Lola tune into episode one. 

Join the conversation on social, on Facebook, X, LinkedIn, Instagram and Threads, by resharing, retweeting and collaborating with us using the hashtag #PlaceChangeMakers 

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