Measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic, including lockdown restrictions, have created a challenge for traditional ways of engaging with people.
How can we adapt our approach so that community engagement remains possible and meaningful?
Community engagement is a process of working collaboratively to discuss issues affecting their wellbeing with an identified group of people who share a common interest, identity or place.
Meaningful engagement involves engaging people affected by a particular policy, event or change and ensuring people of all backgrounds can take part and have their voice heard and acted upon.
But how do we meaningfully engage in the current situation? There are many articles and blogs which recommend particular platforms, tools and methods - both online and offline. Can digital and at-a-distance engagement be effective? What opportunities and challenges does this new way of working present?
Can you help?
We are looking for interesting examples from health and social care of engagement activity happening at a distance. Can you share any tips or learning from the work you are doing? We will share these approaches and continue to learn as we progress through the various phases of this pandemic.