Family Leadership Lynne Elwell My part in the Story Down The Rabbit Hole 3 There is something I don’t know that I am supposed to know. I don’t know what it is I don’t know, and yet am supposed to know. And I feel I look stupid if I seem both not to know it And not know what it is I don’t know. Therefore, I pretend I know it. This is nerve-wracking since I don’t know what I must pretend to know. Therefore, I pretend I know everything. R.D. Laing, Knots (1970) Bewildered, Tired, Angry Emotional , misunderstood Seeing things with negative eyes Little information no strategies few allies expected to become passive recipients Lost in the system Service Land The Story so Far... 1996 Sharing The Challenge - 2010 All Together Better Partners In Policymaking Kindred Spirits Tomorrow’s Leaders Academies Sharing Knowledge Merseyside Partners 8 Lots of Partners gained employment after Graduating from Partners Courses 10 Working in Partnership 11 We know that people’s lives change. Bringing people together 13 13 We are the true experts on what we need 14 What working in partnership does Making Links Networking opportunities Makes things happen Sharing Information Networks Learning together 17 We learn in lots of different ways Having Fun 19 16 20 We have Inspirational Speakers It works everywhere KEYMAKERS Some people see a closed door and turn away… Others see a closed door, try the knob, if it doesn’t open… then they turn away. Still, others see a closed door, try the knob, if it doesn’t open, they find a key, if the key doesn’t fit … then they turn away. A rare few see a closed door, try the knob, if it doesn’t open, they find a key, and if the key doesn’t fit… They make one! 20 23 Our Dream… In the future families won’t have to go through the nightmare; the maze of confusion; having no information. People will have what they need to make informed decisions and choices. Through All Together Better we can work in true partnership From This … To This … Some use the legislation What is Partners in Policymaking? Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training and development course for disabled adults and parents of disabled children. The are approximately 35 participants on the course, these will be people who… Think that life could be better for disabled children and adults. Want to improve the way things are now but may not be clear where to start. When we use the term disabled, we are including people with learning difficulties, people with sensory impairments and people with physical impairments.