Charter for Involvement

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To mark learning disability week and the 10 anniversary of the National Involvement Network, we will be holding a major national conference:

The silence is disappearing. People are leaders now

Hear our Voice: Ten years of leading change in our services and communities

This unique event will be planned and led by members of people who receive support services who are members of the National Involvement Network.

It will celebrate their remarkable achievements in becoming leaders of change and highlight their groundbreaking publication the Charter for Involvement.

The Charter for Involvement sets out in their own words how supported people want to be included in their services and communities. It has helped to improve the lives of hundreds of supported people across Scotland.

The Charter can be downloaded here Charter for Involvement – full version (pdf)

A short animated film can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atT0o4EoQYM

Delegates will learn what involvement means from the perspective of people who receive support. They will be inspired and motivated to find new ways to hear and include the voices of people who use support services.

Attendance is by invitation only. It is aimed at leaders who can contribute to improving the lives of people who receive support services in Scotland. This will include members of the National Involvement Network, senior officials in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors, Scottish Government and Parliament, business and community leaders.

The event will be live streamed. More information will follow.

 

The Charter for Involvement is written by the National Involvement Network (NIN) and was published January 2015 .  It is a series of 12 new statements that show how people who use support services want to be involved:

  •  in the support that they get
  • in the organisations that provide their services, and
  • in the wider community

The Charter is unique in Scotland as it has been written and developed by people who use services for service providers to make involvement better for everyone.

There are 2 versions of the Charter for Involvement : a full version which includes the 12 statements and descriptions of what each one means; and a short version in a pamphlet form – to download the leaflet click here: Charter leaflet front    Charter leaflet back

Download a copy of the full version of the Charter – Charter for Involvement – full version (pdf)

Download a copy of the short version – Charter for Involvement – short version (pdf)

Charter Leaflet – there is also a Charter leaflet which shows the 12 statements.

A short animated film tries to make the Charter more accessible – you can view it here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atT0o4EoQYM

In July 2016 “Putting the Charter into Practice” was published.  It describes the views and experiences of Chief Executives and Managers of 15 organisations that have signed up to the Charter.

Putting the Charter into Practice - short reportView and download a short version of the report Putting the Charter into Practice – short report (pdf)

 

 

The Charter for Involvement is written by the National Involvement Network (NIN) and was published January 2015 .  It is a series of 12 new statements that show how people who use support services want to be involved:

  • in the support that they get
  • in the organisations that provide their services, and
  • in the wider community

The Charter is unique in Scotland as it has been written and developed by people who use services for service providers to make involvement better for everyone.

Signing up means organisations:

  • Agree with the Charter principles and statements.
  • Commit to putting the Charter principles and statements into practice in their organisation.
  • Commit to working in partnership with people who use their service to draw up an action plan.  This will say what actions they will take to improve involvement in line with the Charter principles and statements.
  • Commit to working in partnership with people who use their service to check how the organisation is doing with these actions on a regular basis.
  • Commit to sharing learning and ideas on improving involvement and taking this work forward with other organisations.

To see which organisations have signed up to the Charter click this link – Organisations-who-have-signed-up-to-the-Charter

45 organisations have now signed up to the Charter for Involvement.

Renfrewshire HSCP

 

In October 2016 Renfrewshire became the first Health and Social Care Partnership to sign up to the Charter for Involvement.

 

 

 

If you are interested in signing up to the Charter, here is the form which organisations sign, setting out what they are committing to nin-charter-certificate.  It might be helpful to speak first to one of the ARC Scotland staff who support the work with the Charter :-

Paddy Carstairs – paddy.carstairs@arcuk.org.uk

Sylvia Crick – sylvia.crick@arcuk.org.uk

Brid Cullen – brid.cullen@arcuk.org.uk

 

Charter for Involvement statement 1

 

The new Charter includes some beautiful illustrations to go with all of the 12 Statements. Here is the illustration to go with Statement 1 – “we must be at the heart of any plans about our lives”

 

 

 

Image: QuoteLynnette Linton, Chairperson of the National Involvement Network said :

The main message of the Charter is that people want to be listened to and respected.  We hope that more people who receive support will learn about the Charter and more organisations will sign up to it.

The funding of the new version has been provided by the Scottish Government and NIN has been supported by ARC Scotland.

A special event to celebrate the publication of the revised Charter was held at the Scottish Parliament on 22 January 2015.  Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health congratulated the NIN membership for producing the Charter.  He said the Charter’s principles resonated strongly with the Government’s commitment to improving choice and control for people who receive services.  He added that the Keys to Life strategy for people with learning disabilities aimed at ensuring people are supported to participate fully in all aspects of society, prosper as individuals and are valued contributors to a fair and equal Scotland.

The National Involvement Network (NIN) is a group of people who get support from different learning disability organisations across Scotland.We have been meeting since 2007 to promote involvement and share ideas about things that matter to us.Our aim is to help people who use services to have more choice and control over their lives, and to have a bigger say in how the organisations that support us are run. We also talk about getting involved in the wider community.

There are over 50 people in the NIN.  We meet 5 or 6 times a year in Glasgow or Edinburgh.  In future we want more people from different new organisations to get involved and we will have meetings in different parts of the country.

The NIN Chairperson is Lynnette Linton.

LynnetteYou can read Lynnette’s one page profile by clicking here Lynnette-Linton-one-page-profile

The NIN Vice Chairperson is Brian Robertson

BrianYou can read Brian’s one page profile by clicking here Brian Robertson -one-page-profile

In 2009 we wrote and published the Charter for Involvement.  It stated how we wanted to be involved in the things that affect our lives.  22 organisation signed up to the Charter.  This means they promised to use the Charter to make involvement better for the people they support.

In 2012 we produced  a report about how well the Charter was working.  We decided to produce an improved Charter that included changes that the Scottish Government had introduced.

The new revised Charter was published in January 2015.  Click on the link to learn more about the Charter for Involvement – http://arcuk.org.uk/scotland/charter-for-involvement/

Anyone who receives support is welcome to come to the NIN meetings.  We share news about what we have been doing in our own organisations.

National Involvement Network – Gifts, Skills

On 15 November NIN members Brian Robertson, Heather Davidson and Elizabeth Irving gave a presentation on the Charter for Involvement at the South Ayrshire Learning Disability Development Day, followed by a workshop. Here is a report of the event on what turned out to be an inspiring day.  Click here to download the report South Ayrshire LD day report – Nov 15 – final

To view who attends the NIN meetings click here – People-from-the-following-organisations-come-to-NIN-meetings

 

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If you would like to find out more about the National Involvement Network (NIN) please contact:

Paddy Carstairs – paddy.carstairs@arcuk.org.uk – 0131 663 4444

Sylvia Crick – sylvia.crick@arcuk.org.uk – 0131 663 4444

Brid Cullen – brid.cullen@arcuk.org.uk – 0131 663 4444