Systems Changers Programme 2021

York Systems Changers is an initiative of York MCN who are coming

together to improve the lives of people in York.

It’s funded by Lankelly Chase.

'Systems Changers' are people with a keen interest in wanting to explore radical ways of improving outcomes for people experiencing multiple complex needs across York. We are looking for people working at all levels of support services, voluntary and community sector, faith groups, public and private sector and people with direct personal experience of the issues surrounding multiple and complex needs, who can see the ways in which the system they are involved in needs to change so it can work better for the people it’s trying to serve.

The programme:

We've designed the programme to give the participants: 

  •  A space to reflect on their experience and insights

  • An opportunity to work with a group of systems changers to effect positive change

  • Ways to develop new skills and methods to have more impact

  • Opportunities to influence the wider system through running continuous prototypes and experiments

  • Access to a range of practical tools and methodologies which will provide insight and skills to influence the system around you

  • Opportunities to start to shift the system in York so that it works better for people facing multiple and complex needs

  • One to one coaching to support your personal development

  • Ways of including your organisation and colleagues in the programme

If needed, we will also work with your managers to gain their support for your attending the course. We aim that there will also be broader benefits to organisations you work for or are involved with, as well as the wider system in York from participants involvement in Systems Changers.

Quotes from previous York Systems Changers participants:

  • “I have learnt about my power. My influence. When I am at my edge and how this can make me feel.”

  • “I've learned a lot about myself and how assertive/confident I can be when motivated by a sense of a injustice and misuse of power.”

  • “I have developed more confidence to speak in group settings and raise difficult conversations.”

  • “I am more inclined to try and encourage more open and honest conversations across the system and improve communication and collaboration.”

What's the commitment ?

 We will come together for 19 half day afternoon sessions (3-4 hours)

with most weeks involving one session exploring the systems that you work in York.

Some of the work will be completed in a persons work place

and/or the area of the system they are involved in.

 To reimburse participants’ organisations for the time they spend on the programme a

£2,500 payment can be made direct or in kind to the wider team and organisation.


Key dates:

Deadline for applications

Thursday 11th March 2021

Please download and complete an application form.

Send this to Paul Connery:

 Short 121 Interviews

 Monday 21st March

  Orientation meeting

1st April (2-3pm)

  Programme Dates (afternoon sessions)

19th April, 20th April, 21st April, 27th April, 28th April, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 19th May, 25th May, 26th May, 8th June, 15th June, 22nd June, 23rd June, 29th June, 6th July, 13th July, 14th July

If you have any questions or access requirements,

please email Paul Connery:, 

or phone Catherine Scott: 07522 229833

More information:

It might feel hard to know how your insights and experience could influence wider change, but we hope the Systems Changers programme would help you to do that. It will also providing an opportunity to work alongside a group of passionate people to test out new approaches to real problems facing people with multiple and complex needs in York. 

This will be the third cohort of people to come through York Systems Changers following the running of the programme in 2019 and 2020, as we start to build a community of change makers. York Systems Changers is underpinned by the work of York’s Multiple and Complex Needs (MCN) network which brings together a wide and diverse group of people aiming to create a healthier system for those experiencing multiple disadvantage across the city.

We are keen to have participants who are drawn from or working with diverse communities and those who are interested in the role of discrimination within systems. This is an online course that will be run entirely on zoom.

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