Disabled people in Walsall and their families are being given
the opportunity to take part in a free, internationally acclaimed
The 'All Together Better' course aims to give people the
knowledge, skills, confidence and self-esteem to ensure a better
future for themselves and their loved ones.
Topics on the course include:
- Exploring the history of how disabled people have been
- Understanding how the health and social care system works
- Getting the right support
- Making change happen locally and nationally
Participants will have the chance to meet other people who are
leaders in the disablity rights movement and be connected with a
strong network of families working together across the country.
Places are also open to those working with disabled people in
The course is being run by In Control and has been funded by
Walsall Council enabling participants to attend for free.
It is a 12 day programme run over a period of six months on the
- 18 and 19 September 2012
- 16 and 17 October 2012
- 6 and 7 November 2012
- 18 and 19 December 2012
- 15 and 16 January 2013
- 12 and 13 February 2012
Sessions will take place at the Forest Arts Centre in
'All Together Better' is part of a suite of family leadership
courses offered under the umbrella of 'Partners in Policymaking'.
Partners in Policymaking and associated courses help people to
understand how the health and social care systems work, organise
meetings and present questions without getting frustrated. All
courses aim to help find solutions to improve people's lives and
give participants the confidence to work in partnership with
services to enable them or their loved ones to have choice and
control over their lives.
What do previous particiants have to say about the
"I have done so many courses but this one is exceptional in
terms of the quality, the impact it had on my daughter's life and
the impact it consequently had on the whole family. I've gone on to
do countless hours of voluntary work locally and nationally. Most
importantly the direction of my daughter's life is now totally
committed to personalisation, to independence and to choice which
would not have happened without the course."
"The course was truly the most engaging, inspirational and
meaningful learning that I have ever participated in. The network
that followed helps to keep me strong, supported and most
"Quite simply it changed my life. It changed my direction
and I have now devoted a huge amount of time to supporting other
people to achieve their goals."
Further video testimonials from participants can be found on
these pages. A
video outlining the purpose of Partners in Policymaking can
also be viewed here.
How to apply
To apply for a place you need to be a parent or relative of
someone with a disability, a disabled adult, or a person woring
with disabled people in Walsall.
We are looking for people who are passionate about people's
right to be included and who are commited to action and working
with other people to make life better for local people who may be
Applicants must be able to attend all
For an application pack, please contact Gaynor Cockayne at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01564 821 650.
The closing date for applications is 6 August and those
successful in obtaining a place will be notified by 18 August.
For further information about Partners in Policymaking please
see our webpages here.