Could you make life better for disabled people in Hartlepool?
The world of health and social care is changing. Councils are introducing self-directed support and personal budgets in adult social care, and the Department of Health is testing personal health budgets. Self-directed support aims to give vulnerable people more choice and control over the support they need to live independently in the community.
To help local people make the most of the changes, and develop the knowledge and skills to plan better futures for themselves, their families and other vulnerable people, Hartlepool Borough Council has partnered with Partners in Policymaking and In Control to offer a citizen leadership course to Hartlepool residents who are family carers, alongside disabled adults, young adults and people who provide support through their work in social care, health, education and leisure. The course is called “All Together Better”.
“All Together Better” consists of six two-day sessions covering a range of topics and issues, including:
- Exploring why things are the way they are in social care
- Understanding and relating to systems
- Creating the right support
- Making change happen locally and nationally
- Listening, learning, planning and creating together.
The course is free, and will run from September 2012 to March 2013 in a central venue. There are 30 places in total available to people who as a result of disability or mental health, need support to live the lives they want in their local communities. The course is also open to their family members, and service workers. We want the participants to represent the community of Hartlepool
Hartlepool Borough Council and In Control are looking for people who:
- are keen to be part of a strong community network
- want to be a champion for Hartlepool
- are passionate about people’s right to be included in community life, and
- are committed to action and working with other people to make life better for vulnerable people.
The course is open only to people who live in Hartlepool and is free to participants.
If you are interested in finding out more about the course, or to request an application pack, please contact In Control by:
- Web: www.in-control.org.uk
- Telephone: 0156 482 1650
In Control Support Centre
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