The success of Justlife is based on an intense level of learning, focussed on the needs of the local community. This is why what we do works. We pay attention to community needs; listening to and learning directly from communities and implementing the findings.
Justlife is committed to being a learning organisation which seeks out every opportunity to develop its practices and services to gain a deeper understanding of its service users, and support them in the best way possible.
As well as continually learning from the community in East Manchester, in which the Justlife Centre is based, we are using our research and development expertise on a consultancy basis:
Community Oriented Primary Care with Blackburn PCT
Justlife is currently leading a Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) pilot commissioned by Blackburn PCT and Bentham Road Health Centre.
COPC helps the health centre to connect with the community, the community to connect with the health centre and to allow the assets within the wider to community to inform and shape primary care services. The 12 month project began in September 2011 and has involved in depth community, patient and organizational research and consultation. We have conducted a comprehensive mapping excercise, developed a website and content management system for sharing community activities and opportunities, created of a social marketing campaign and conducted capacity building and volunteer training for voluntary sector organisations.
Social Investment Strategy with Local Space, London
Working for London based housing association, Local Space, Justlife is conducting a research and development pilot. The project assesses the needs and gaps in services within the local community in Newham and the capacity and resource of Local Space to prepare a social investment strategy in the Newham area.
Community Planning Event with Local Space and John Thompson and Partners
In Spring 2012, Justlife played a key role in a community planning event, which marks the start of a major regeneration project in St Leonard’s; near Hastings. Working with lead partner, Local Space and John Thompson and Partners (architects and urbanists), we engaged the community in two days of dialogue creating a new vision for the community. Justlife will play an ongoing role in the Costal Space project, exploring the impact and potential benefits of the project to the residents. The research, consultation and focus groups were extremely successful and enabled us to build bridges with local service providers and other stakeholders.