My Voice Focus Group & People at the heart of care workshop

On 29th April we had two great workshops at Kesgrave Community and Conference Centre. My Voice Focus group and People at the heart of care.

The My Voice Focus Group – Your Ordinary Life: how ACS can support you

The My Voice Focus Groups are for anyone who has an interest in the Suffolk Joint Learning Disability Strategy. This could be people with a learning disability, autistic people, families and carers or provider organisations.

The My Voice Focus Group is co-chaired by:

Nic Roper, Assistant Director- Mental Health, Learning Disabilities & Autism and Sensing Change Adult and Community Services Suffolk County Council

Mark Conquer, Expert with Experience Project Worker, Ace Anglia

Independence means being able to make your own choices and decisions without needing too much help from others.

It’s about being able to take care of yourself and having control over what you do and think.

The amount of help you need to be independent can be different for everyone.

Some people might only need a little help sometimes, like with tasks or getting things they need.

Others might need more help every day, like getting dressed or managing money.

The most important thing is finding the right amount of support that lets you do what you want and live life your own way.

Questions asked at the meeting:

  1. What it means to be independent and what it looks like for each of us.
  2. What it’s like to do things on our own.
  3. Discuss challenges we may face and strategies for overcoming them.
  4. Hear stories from others who have become more independent.

Other questions asked:

  1. How can social care empower individuals to make decisions and set goals for themselves?
  2. What strategies can social care professionals use to promote independence and confidence in individuals?
  3. How can social care empower individuals to make decisions and set goals for themselves, but also making sure that they are at the heart of care

    The My Voice Focus Group is about working in co-production. Guest speakers from health and social care come to talk about topics highlighted by the group. It is important that people with a learning disability come to the My Voice Focus Group to talk about what changes they want to see happen across Suffolk.

Click here to sign up to the next My Voice Focus Group

People at the Heart of Care workshop delivered by Elissa, Assistant Director Strategy and Change Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council.

In the afternoon, we had great discussions around the new strategy People at the Heart of Care.

People at the heart of care is focusing on how to help people prepare for their future and supporting what you can do for yourself and offering the right support and advice to keep you independent.

Three questions were asked at the group.

  1. Where do you get information and advice?
  2. Who helps you when you are ill?
  3. How do you plan for your future, and who helps?

Click here for information about People at the heart of care: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/care-and-support-for-adults/people-at-the-heart-of-care

Video by Suffolk County Council: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVaIFT_BBCs

Both workshops were very successful, there were some great discussions and feedback. Thank you to everyone who attended the day.

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