Image: Here to StayHere to Stay Project

An exciting opportunity has arisen for people who use services and family carers to take part in the Here to Stay project and share their experiences of services.

We are now in the third year of the England based Here to Stay project funded by a Big Lottery research grant. The project is looking at the learning disability service needs of migrant communities. A guide to best practice will be produced as a result of the research.

The Association for Real Change is working in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton and the project lead is Professor David Sallah.

Some Association for Real Change members have already been involved in the research: talking to the research worker, Dr Olga Kozlowska, about the services they offer for people from minority communities.

We now have ethical approval for interviewing people who use services and family carers from minority communities. We are especially interested in speaking with people who have arrived in the UK since 2000. Bridget Fisher, the project manager, is hoping to interview 10 people who use services and 10 family carers before the end of June 2013. Bridget can also hold focus groups if people would prefer.

The information gathered will feed directly into the report. The interviews can be carried out with an interpreter present and all information gathered is confidential.

Therefore please send details of any service users and family carers who would be interested in taking part by 14 May 2013.

If you support any person who has arrived in the UK since 2000, then please contact Bridget.

If you would like further information or to discuss details then contact: