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Develop Capacity of User Led Organisations

User Led Organisations are a fundamental building block to enabling people choice and control in getting the type of social care support that best meets their needs. However, User Led Organisations are currently quite fragile, and in some local authority areas do not exist at all.

The DH has committed to achieving the objectives of the “Life Chances for Disabled People”Report (2005) which stated that by 2010 there should be a minimum of one User Led Organisation in each locality (defined as that area covered by a Council with social services responsibilities).  The government’s vision is that 2025 “disabled people in Britain should have full opportunities and choices to improve their quality of life, and will be respected and included as equal members of society” (Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, 2006).

Through a regional consortium of User Led Organisations in the South West (the South West Disability Equality Network) a policy direction is emerging around the need to develop strong local User Led Organisations hub which work in a consortium style with smaller user led organisations, some of which may be focussed on a single disability or user type.  This networked model will ensure that all types of people who need to use services will feel that the organisation that they seek to use for advice, support, advocacy, assessment, budget support, use of Personal Assistants, etc is focussed and intone with their particular needs.  The consortium networked model is also being replicated at a regional level.  This has been borne out of the strong realisation that collaboration builds much greater strength for the sector than competition. 

E-Mail – virginia.mccririck@dh.gsi.gov.uk
Tel – 0117 900 1847  Mob – 07767 647 447

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Public Health Team
Government Office for the South West
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Temple Quay
tel: 0117 900 3531
fax: 0117 900 1911
email: swpublichealth@gosw.gsi.gov.uk

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