Make a Change
A club where people approaching retirement make a change in their community while learning how to manage change in their own lives
Make a Change is our final idea for prototyping in the 'Next Up!' project that combines elements of both volunteering and mindfulness. We built partnerships with local government and charities in Middlesbrough and ran a one-off taster session with 12 local people. Now Gulbenkian, Ageing Better and Innovation Unit are finalising to select delivery partners to test a range of propositions and delivery mechanisms to explore how we could achieve significant scale with a solution in this space.
MY ROLE - I developed the concept throughout the process with our team and designed the visual materials including the logo and storyboard. I facilitated a session with 12 local people and brought the learning from the session to the team and clients.
1. Develop the concept
After our co-design activities with people in the 'Next Up!' project, we developed the concept of Make a Chance and created the brand and proposition to host organisations to collaborate.
Accessible, practical volunteering is core to Make a Change. Our research with people showed us that volunteering provides benefits, but equally gives participants a sense of purpose. In addition, Make a Change embeds the principles of mindfulness into tools that create a non-judgemental space and prompt moments of awareness and self-reflection around key themes.
2. Design and prototype for real
We organised a day to test our idea and mindfulness tools with 12 local people in Middlesbrough. Both individuals and attending representatives of local government and charities expressed a strong desire for the session to become a regular service. Our wellbeing survey in the session recorded that to greater or lesser extents, every attendee’s mood and wellbeing improved throughout the session.
3. Final blueprint + move forward
To transform Make a Change from an exciting concept to a real force for social change across the country, we proposed a programme of detailed prototyping and organisational design to Gulbenkian. Since then, Innovation Unit has been looking for delivery partners who are suitable to move this idea forward.