Free course for families in Walsall

Disabled people in Walsall and their families are being given the opportunity to take part in a free, internationally acclaimed course.

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 supported
  • 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 Walsall.

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 following dates:

  • 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 Walsall.

'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 course:

"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 importantly informed."

"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 vulnerable

Applicants must be able to attend all sessions.

For an application pack, please contact Gaynor Cockayne at 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.

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Last Updated : 06 July 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.