Catch up on the latest Partners in Policymaking courses and
All Together Better, Portsmouth
As part of the Transforming Care agenda, In Control have been
supported by NHSE and the IPC programme to start an 'All Together
Better' course in Portsmouth, led by Lynne Elwell and Julie
The course sessions deliver both inspiration and information to
participants, giving people cutting-edge information and confidence
in the belief that people and their families have always been the
true experts on what they need and want in order to have a
positive, fulfilling and successful life.
Initial feedback includes:
- "Thankyou. I have much more confidence in issues my child is
- "I'm so positive and will go to the next meeting with
- "My mind is swirling, so much useful and helpful info,
delivered in such a friendly and safe way."
Rights of Passage, Hartlepool
Lynne Elwell shares about her work with young people in
'I have been working with families and the local authority
in Hartlepool for about ten years now, running family leadership
courses. I love working in Hartlepool for a number of reasons, the
main one being that it's always time well spent because the local
authority there believe that investing in the families,
particularly during these times of tight budgets, is money well
spent. Disabled people and their families are there for the long
haul. It's important to train paid staff, but they often move jobs
or away from the area. So training disabled people and their
families means that there is a pool of well-informed people who can
work in partnership with the people who support them.
Over the past 3 years we have been running a course called
'Rights of Passage'. This is aimed at young people aged from 14 to
25 years who have learning difficulties, some of whom are 'looked
after children'. The course takes place over a week. I travel on
Sunday to work Monday to Friday with the young people and some of
the people who support them.
On Monday morning I usually find a room full of reluctant
teenagers, but by Wednesday they transform into a group of
passionate young people who do a mock radio interviews, draw
posters about themselves, and start thinking and sharing about what
is important to them and what they want to do in the future. On
Friday we invite a panel of people from Social Services, Education,
and the local council. The young people prepare presentations which
they share with growing confidence. It's wonderful to be part of.
We share a Bill of Rights, and the young people go on to act as
consultants, helping others to have a better experience if they
need to 'go into care' or want to attend college, or get a job.
It's wonderful to be part of this 'journey' alongside young people
who, in their words, 'are the future'. Nothing about
us without us.'
All Together Better, London
All Together Better is a citizen leadership course
it was offered to residents in the London Boroughs started in March
2017, we held six sessions of two days a month and the course
finished in September 2017, The course was free to participants and
was funded by In Control, Certitude, The Avenues and NHSE
Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Transforming Care.
All Together Better is one of the courses based on
Partners in Policymaking which has been running across the UK since
There were 21 participants from across the London
Boroughs who made up an enthusiastic and passionate group, they
worked really well together and London Partners have since formed a
network across London teaming up with partners graduates from past
courses and the wider national network of over 2.500 people
We were delighted to have the opportunity to
hold a follow up day on the 23rd January 2018 at the Lumen Centre
London, for the London partners to 'regroup'. The purpose of the
day was to hear from the graduates about what has been happening
since the course finished.
The group has met once and intend to meet
regularly, inviting speakers at each meeting on issues that are
relevant to the group.
Each of the London partners both from this
course and previous ones shared examples of what they had been up
to since the course.
- Several of the partner's graduates have attended conferences
and other events to speak publicly of the value of citizens
- One graduate has been invited to Switzerland to speak about
- A couple of disputes which had been successfully resolved.
- One graduate has been working with faith leaders using the
strategies learned on the course.
- The course has helped a self-advocate to get a job coach in
order to help her get the job she wants
- Their daughter is doing well at university
- Their daughter recently had an interview for a job in
- One of the graduate is involved in D-CATCH project (access to
- One of the graduates is now a lead trainer for Early
- One is now a trainer for the 'Expert Programme;
- A couple of the graduates whose children were in hospital had
found the support from the rest of the group invaluable
- The graduates said the course had made a big difference when
advocating for their children.
- One of the graduates now works with the Children with
Disabilities Team for a London Borough as an information and
development officer and has written publications including 5
Resource Guides for parents and professionals. She also has
run a charity for 9 years supporting preschool for SEND children
raising over £200k for non-additional equip. She is on the mums
advisory panel for GD: UK (part of Jeans for Genes) and has written
many articles for a Turkish/English community newspaper about
disability related issues called Seen but not Heard. She helped set
up her local parent forum. She met the Mayor and talked about
accessibility on transport and has supported families to contest
decisions to exclude their children from school. She has made many
friends and contacts within government; always making sure that
issues that matter to our network are at the forefront of their
- The all of the graduates said the course had made a big
difference when advocating for their children
Lynne will be reducing her hours from April 2018, she has
mentored many people for many years and so has raised a range
people who will be supporting her to keep on building the Partners
Network in the future. If you are interested in Partners in
Policymaking courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01564 82 1650
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