Sophie Blake

Project Support Officer

Sophie is Project Support Officer at Involve and works principally on NHS Citizen. She believes that all citizens should be able to play an active role in the decisions and processes that affect them.

Prior to starting at Involve Sophie completed an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. She is committed to a human rights based approach to decision-making and in her MA dissertation explored how this could be used to strengthen and shape the global response to climate change.

Sophie has experience providing research and operational support to non-profit organisations in the US and UK. She also holds an undergraduate MA in History from the University of Edinburgh and has always been most interested in the human experience of conflict and change.

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We are recruiting for new Trustees

Published: October 18, 2016

Fed up with the state of democracy in the UK? Are you interested in making a difference? If so, here’s a golden opportunity. Involve are looking for new Trustees to join our brilliant Board of Directors. Involve is the UK’s leading authority on public participation. We develop opportunities for engagement, collaboration and accountability that work…

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Downs’ Syndrome, medical ethics and public engagement

October 7, 2016

In a much talked about documentary for the BBC aired this week, Sally Phillips asks if we really want to live in a world without Downs’ Syndrome. As the mother of a happy and loved child with Downs’, Phillips poignantly challenges the decision to make a new less risky and more accurate screening test available…

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Event: Post-Brexit Systemic Constellation

September 26, 2016

In July Involve held a workshop in London to explore what people with facilitation, conflict resolution and engagement skills could bring to the challenging situation the UK finds itself in post-EU referendum. As a result of the discussions had and connections made during this event, two of the workshop participants, Milly Sinclair and Andy Shipley,…

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Newsletter: Getting engagement wrong… and right

September 21, 2016

Involve's latest newsletter is available to view online. In this newsletter: 5th anniversary of Pathways Through Participation New project: launching MH:2K Why engage the public after they've just voted? How to get engagement wrong in one easy step View the newsletter

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Involve presents to Cornwall Council’s Governance Review

August 10, 2016

On 15th July 2016 Involve’s Director Simon Burall presented evidence as part of activities that are being carried out in support of Cornwall Council’s governance review. The evidence session was coordinated by an independent external panel: Jacqui McKinlay (Centre for Public Scrutiny) Andrew Campbell (Local Government Association) and Oliver Banes (Cornwall Community Foundation). The independent…

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Reflections on #reframe16 – part 2

August 2, 2016

Involve and King’s College London co-hosted a gathering of facilitators on Friday 22 July. Involve proposed the gathering to explore whether there was a role for individuals and organisations with facilitation, conflict resolution and engagement skills in supporting communities in the UK to find a way through the challenges posed by the EU-referendum result. This…

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Reframing 2016: where we’ve got to and what next

July 28, 2016

On Friday 22nd July Involve hosted a workshop with King’s College London to explore what people with facilitation, conflict resolution and engagement skills could bring to the challenging situation the UK finds itself in post-EU referendum. We have written previously about what we see as some of the challenges ahead. As Simon has explained, although…

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Newsletter June 2016: EU referendum special

July 6, 2016

Involve's most recent newsletter is available to view online. In this newsletter: Calling anyone with facilitation skills: A call to action Fundamentally disconnected: Sarah on the failures of the political elite The promise of democracy: Harry argues voters will expect more democracy post-Brexit Reframing the debate: Simon looks at the democratic challenges post-referendum The problem…

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Newsletter May 2016: Open Government National Action Plan Launched

May 27, 2016

Involve's most recent newsletter is available to view online In this newsletter: Open Government: UK Open Government National Action Plan launched So you're planning some engagement?: Sarah on two things you might want to consider first Scientific infantilism: Simon argues for more public involvement in science and tech debates What the tax credit row reveals…

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