iN The Loop

iN The Loop sessions are webcasts designed to explore different topics relating to how we can learn from our experiences of responding to COVID-19 as we move forward into our recovery to build better, and normalise a new way of working.

Since the launch of the iN The Loop service we have hosted 11 webcasts on topics relating to COVID-19. There will be no further webcasts planned as we have decided to re-visit these topics in more depth as round table events.

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub. If you would like to find out more information about iNetwork membership, please email info@i-network.org.uk

If you would like to stay iN The Loop with iNetwork, then subscribe below to keep up-to-date with all the latest information. This mailing list is dedicated to information about our iN the Loop webcasts – this is separate from the iNetwork general mailing list. We encourage you to be signed up to both!

Please see below for further information on all the webcasts.

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Tuesday 6th October - Investing in our Future: Supporting Young People through COVID-19

Living with COVID-19: Investing in our Future: Supporting Young People through COVID-19

One of the most pressing concerns of Covid-19, the lockdown, and the resulting economic downturn, is the impact it has had young people so far, and could continue to have into the future. Although young people are generally less at risk from the acute health implications of contracting Covid-19, it is arguable that they will be the most severely affected group by the socio-economic disruption that the pandemic has caused.

This session will explore what the local public sector can do to support young people now, as well as in the coming months and years to prevent a downturn in their prospects, life chances, and long-term health & wellbeing.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Dave Nuttall, Thrive Manchester
  • Diane Higgins, Rochdale BC
  • Stuart Dunne, Youth Focus NW

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 22nd September - Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our COVID-19 comms

Living with COVID-19: Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our COVID-19 comms

Communications has always been important, and ever more so during this unprecedented time. In this session we will be exploring effective crisis messaging, how we can communicate more effectively and understand what we might need to do to reach our audiences in the wake of second and third waves of the pandemic.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Jamie Whyte, Propolis Open Data Factory
  • Maddie Moralee, Local Digital Collaboration Unit, MHCLG

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 08th September - Living with COVID-19: the Demand for Public Services

Living with COVID-19: the Demand for Public Services 

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented changes and challenges. In response, we have already witnessed a shift in the demand for local public services. With the ongoing health and economic crises facing society, it is vitally important to consider how local public services can adapt to continue to support local communities through the pandemic and beyond.

In this session, we will explore how those working in the local public, and voluntary & community sectors, have responded so far to these pressures, and how they are planning to address longer term changes in the demand for local public services.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and he will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Simon Kweeday, Big Life Group
  • Su Long, Bolton CCG

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

 

Tuesday 25th August - COVID-19 Climate Emergency Opportunities for a Green Recovery (CANCELLED)

COVID-19 Climate Emergency Opportunities for a Green Recovery.

Responding to feedback from the iNetwork partnership that this topic would be better served as a more participatory ‘learn & share’ event, we will be hosting a round table on local public sector climate emergency and green recovery on 16 September.

 

Tuesday 11th August - Motivation and Morale: The Value of Us in the Workplace

Motivation and Morale: The Value of Us in the Workplace.

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented changes and pressures in our lives, radically changing the structure of working life for many of us in the local public sector. In this session, we will explore how this may have impacted our individual and collective morale and motivation at work, and to discuss tips, tools and techniques to address this

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Alex Grundy, Plus Dane Housing
  • Chris Woodhouse, Bury Council
  • Sharon Senior, NW Employers

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

 

Tuesday 28th July - Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our COVID-19 Comms (Postponed)

Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our Covid-19 Comms.

This webcast has unfortunately been postponed. Please keep up to date with all iN The Loop webcasts by signing up to the mailing list and do check the iNetwork website for any further news and updates about iNetwork services.

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 21st July - Including the Digitally Excluded during Lock-down

Including the Digitally Excluded during Lock-down.

This session will explore the consequences of COVID-19 as many of us have started to utilise services online and what it means to be digitally excluded. Panel speakers will discuss how they are adapting to these changes and what the future of digital looks like post COVID-19.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Lee Emery, Stockport Council
  • Emma Ward, Good Things Foundation
  • Norman Hunter, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 14th July - Enabling Data Sharing in a New World

Enabling Data Sharing in a New World.

This session will explore how we have been data sharing during the COVID-19 response phase, the issues and challenges we’ve faced, and what we could learn from this as we move into recovery and reset. The below invited speakers have expertise on data standards, business intelligence and information governance respectively; with local authority experience from Sedgemoor (Somerset), Manchester (Greater Manchester) and Warrington (Cheshire).

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Paul Davidson, iStandUK & Sedgemoor District Council
  • Paul Holme, Manchester City Council
  • Sarah Gallear, Warrington Borough Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 07th July - Beyond Lock-down: Recovering Local Communities & Economies

Beyond Lock-down: Recovering Local Communities & Economies.

This session will examine the grave impact of the COVID-19 lock-down on local economies, and what implications this could have for progressive policy outcomes such as environmental sustainability, inequality, modern slavery, and inclusive growth. The discussion will focus on how the local public sector can champion the ‘build back better’ agenda and explore what this might look like in practice for both the medium to long term.

With our expert panellists, we will discuss these challenges whilst also exploring the opportunities for a positive transformation of our local economies to make them fairer, greener, and more resilient. To do this we will explore topics like local wealth building, progressive procurement practices, commercialisation and much more.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and he will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Michael Crook, STAR
  • Tom Lloyd-Goodwin, CLES
  • Jonathan Hindle, Rochdale Development Agency

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 30th June - Understanding the New Threat Landscape

Understanding the New Threat Landscape.

COVID-19 has catalysed transformation of the public sector’s working practices and policies. From the dramatic rise in agile working necessitated by social distancing rules, to the increased pressure on public authorities to support local economies and suppliers, many of us have had to adapt to a new way of working.

Unfortunately, those who wish to exploit and defraud the public sector have also been adapting. This iN The Loop session will explore the changing nature of the threat landscape for the local public sector. We will begin by discussing the new trends and tactics being deployed by threat actors, fraudsters, and (cyber) criminals. We will then consider what steps we might take collectively, and as individuals, to ensure that we protect the public sector, and the communities we serve, throughout COVID-19 and into ‘the new normal’.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and he will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Lavinia Ferguson, NAFN
  • Ben Cheetham, MHCLG,
  • Yunus Mayat, Bradford Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 23rd June - The Workforce in the Age of Social Distancing

The Workforce in the Age of Social Distancing.

The session will explore the impact that the dramatic increase in agile and socially distant working is having on the mental and physical well-being of our staff and colleagues, and what strategies we can use to support each other throughout lock-down and beyond.

Many of us in the local public sector have had no choice but to change our working arrangements and practices over the past few months. In this session we will also be discussing some of the longer term implications of this on our organisational and personal conceptions of work and working culture.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Alex Grundy,  Plus Dane Housing
  • Cath McCarty, North  Yorkshire County Council
  • Vikki Morris, Wigan Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 16th June - The Workplace and the New Normal

The Workplace and the New Normal.

This session will explore themes including office and workplace modifications to accommodate social distancing, expansion of remote and agile working methods, and what the enablers of these changes are. We will also be discussing what the medium and long term implications of these changes will be on the working culture of the local public sector and beyond.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Charlotte Byrne, Resolution Interiors
  • Sarah Barron, North Yorkshire County Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

 

Tuesday 9th June - Harnessing the Power of Community Volunteers: Beyond Lock-down

Harnessing the power of community Volunteers: Beyond Lock-down. 

The first session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Sarah Bullock, St Helens Council
    Alison Moglione, Liverpool City Council
    Kieran Smith, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
    Marie-Anne Jackson, North Yorkshire County Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

 

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