It’s important to think carefully about the way you want people to influence and participate in your organisation’s work. Planning for the year ahead is an essential aspect of this, this annual plan then needs breaking down into activities so each can be thought about and planned in depth. For people with lived experience good planning leads to more meaningful and influential involvement, it can mean the difference between taking part in a single activity, and then feeling motivated to participate in and influence more projects and pieces of work or not taking part again.
Effective planning leads to more confident staff and quality opportunities, this in turn builds and nurtures relationships which positively shape people’s perceptions of your organisation.
You should give full consideration to the work you’d like people to get involved with and give enough time to plan how you will make this a reality.