Blog

4 Jul 2022
By 
Jessica Rose

Four years ago in July, my husband Dominic and I decided to try going plastic free for the month. From getting milk delivered in reusable glass bottles to switching to reusable coffee cups and water bottles, we haven't looked back.

We're lucky enough to live in Margate where we can buy a lot of things plastic free from the International Food Centre and the Grain Grocer, get our veg from Windmill Community Garden and take our reusable pint-sized tankards to the Sundeck. It's fair to say we're still going and I'd encourage everyone to try it - even just for Plastic Free July - to see how you can reduce the amount of single-use plastic in your life.

Single use is no use - plastic in the sea image
2 May 2022
By 
Jessica Rose

DHL are using it to innovate and increase efficiency, the NHS is using it to improve self-management for patients with long-term conditions, while social enterprises and charities are using it to better tell the stories of their beneficiaries. Co-creation has been around as a term for several years now, but it's still the only the most strategic and open-minded organisations that are using it well.

15 Apr 2022
By 
Jessica Rose

One of the things we're big on here at Co-relate is evaluating our impact. For us, this means understanding what we achieved, what we did well and what we could have done better. It means talking to the people involved in a project and learning lessons for next time.

The Margate Bookie Young Producers pilot project, in partnership with Margate Bookie and funded by Arts Council England, was Co-relate's first funded project since we became a social enteprise in June last year.

Margate Bookie Young Producers Evaluation report cover
16 Feb 2022
By 
Jessica Rose

Since October I've been back working part-time with Business in the Community (BITC) as part of their Environment team, leading the work on how business can be part of a just transition to a net-zero, resilient future. 

BITC's Seven Steps for Climate Action
22 Nov 2021
By 
Louise Devismes

The premise was simple: Margate Bookie and Co-relate were looking for young people aged 18 to 30, from whatever background, with however much experience, to come on as ‘Young Producers’.

Goal: help curate an online event as part of a festival. Duration: 3 months. Most of us signed up without a second thought, seeing this as an opportunity to easily gain some hands-on experience with a well-known local charity. 

What we pitched for as a team, and received funding and support with, was a much bigger project and a challenge none of us suspected. One event became three, three months became a year.