Drawing from best practice approaches undertaken elsewhere we already know that ‘consultation’ does not equate to ‘co-design’, and that legitimate co-design processes require continual collaboration and improvement and ensuring the right stakeholders are involved.

The main purpose of co-design is to generate meaningful dialogues among all stakeholders, and to give the people who are most affected by the problems that we seek to solve a primary role in solving them.

Co-design is not simply about designing innovative services, products or policies, it is about prioritising the stories of those people that those services, products or policies will serve at every stage of the design process.

That is why this workshop should be considered only the first step in a far longer-term endeavour.