At In Control we have a national advice line and have done
surveys using our Personal
Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) - both tell us that too often
people are struggling to make policy on choice and control a
reality in their lives. Lots of people and organisations at local
level contact us and we try to use our experience and position to
help, but sometimes we are limited by our capacity. We also believe
that "together we are better".
That's why we wanted to set up this network, to connect people
and groups across the country for mutual help and to share our own
knowledge and experience as widely as possible.
What will the network do?
The basic idea works at two levels:
- At local level: helping local groups and people who are helping
others to get more control over their lives and support. Helping
them to come together to help each other - with skills, time,
ideas, connections. These local groups have access to the national
network for advice and support and are linked to other local groups
for mutual support.
- At national level: the network will provide facilities for
advice and sharing issues and solutions, run a programme of
webinars, develop and share practical resources. In some cases,
direct help with particularly complex local situations will be
offered. The national network will also take experience and issues
from local groups and work to influence national policy and
What will In Control do?
In Control, with partners, will set up the national network of
support and run it to support local groups. Where requested, we
will offer support in setting up local arrangements. We can offer
advice on this to any group and in the first instance (this year)
we can offer to do this more directly via local planning sessions
with about ten local groups. Where possible, we will link and
connect local groups to useful national expertise and capacity, and
in some cases, direct advice from ourselves. There will be no
charge for this to local groups - we'll fundraise to do as much as
we can and work with other national groups.
At a local level, of course, situations will differ. You might
already have a local network that can be built on or you may need
to bring more people together and put arrangements in place to
co-ordinate more joint action and support. You will need to set up
arrangements to link to the national support and benefit from
sharing with other localities.
If you are interested or want more information, please contact