The ‘Your Say’ Project involves working in collaboration with partners from Southern Advocacy and MENCAP.
The purpose of the project is, through training and support, to enable self - advocates and carers to participate in relevant discussions, meetings and consultations on any issue related to Health and Wellbeing. This is achieved by raising their confidence to speak up at meetings, support the staff recruitment processes, understand when to raise safeguarding issues and gather evidence for discussions at meetings.
The aim of the project is to identify at least 12 service users and 12 carers to attend training and subsequently attend relevant local meetings and at least 2 regional and 2 national health stakeholder events for people with learning disabilities and their carer’s.
The training and support will be given to enable people with a learning disability to participate in relevant discussions, meetings and consultations on any issue related to Health and Wellbeing. Carers for people with a learning difficulty and people with a learning disability will be given appropriate skills to enable them to have the tools to represent the views of themselves and other service users to influence commissioning services.
The measurable outcomes are to enable people to feel confident to; speak up at meetings, support staff recruitment processes, understand when to raise safeguarding issues, gather evidence for discussions at meetings and evidence the difference the engagement has made to them, through the use of Personal Journey Diaries and verbal feedback at the ‘Your Say’, Learning Disability Partnership group and workshop Meetings.