Wiltshire Independent Working for Choice, Newsletter of Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living Sept 2010 Issue 16 Independence & Lifestyle WELCOME TO THE AUTUMN NEWSLETTER It was good to see so many members and guests at our Annual General Meeting in June at Trowbridge Civic Hall. During the formal AGM part of the meeting, the following people were elected to the CIL committee for 3 years: Dean Mackay-Morris, Carole Elford, Clare Evans, Anthony Hughes and Maggie Bader. C. Elford was unable to take up her position and has since resigned. After the formal part of the meeting, John Evans OBE spoke about Personalisation and the role of CIL’s. His speech, tracing the root of the Independent Living Movement and demonstrating the importance of co-production is that disabled people’s “lived experience” informs all policies etc, was inspirational. He stressed the importance of the peer support to enable disabled people to move to direct payments easily. The occasion marked the anniversary of Wiltshire CIL, so Alison Barrett (Independent Living Advisor and former Chair), baked a beautiful cake we all enjoyed. At the first Trustee Meeting after the AGM, I was elected Chair. I will work as hard as I can with Geraldine Bentley our Director to lead CIL in the new developments needed to enable it to provide service users with all the support they need to gain more control in their lives with self directed support (SDS). Clare Evans Dates for your Diary: Peer Support Group Meetings: 20th October Peer Support in Salisbury 26th October Peer Support in Chippenham Forums 19th October Self Funders Forum (see inside) 3rd December 2010 The International Day of Disabled People, ‘Swap Shop’ at Devizes Bowls Club—read inside for details Calling Self Funders Do you know anyone who pays for their own care and support? Perhaps from insurance or from their own savings. They are the forgotten group in social care. Wiltshire CIL is working jointly with Age UK Wiltshire to enable them to have a voice by inviting them to a Self Funders Forum on October 19 th at 10.30am at Devizes Bowls Club. Please phone the Wiltshire CIL office if you want to know more or to book a place. Please return your details on the inserted flyer. Vacancies We were pleased to elect five new Trustees at our AGM. However, our constitution allows for up to two more disabled people. We particularly need a Trustee who can undertake the role of Treasurer. Any disabled people interested, please contact our Director Geraldine Bentley at the CIL office to learn more. STOP PRESS … STOP PRESS … STOP PRESS…. EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS AT WILTSHIRE CIL How’s It For You? This is the name of the Peer Mentoring Project we are setting up to enable potential SDS users learn from the experience of those already using SDS. Wiltshire Council has a target of moving 3,000 users to SDS in this year. We would like to support some of them by peer mentoring. This is about encouraging disabled people in Wiltshire who wish to learn about how to move to self-directed support by mentors who are themselves disabled people who have achieved their aim and are now in a position to offer the benefit to others. We have obtained funding of £9,000 over 3 years from the National Volunteering Fund and have also made an application to Awards for All. This funding will pay for the training of mentors and for the project running costs. The peer mentoring scheme will be one kind of support we offer potential SDS users through our One Stop Shop currently being developed. If you are interested in becoming involved in this exciting opportunity and would like to support others using your experience we want to hear from you! But that’s not all !!!! Alongside this project Wiltshire CIL are working with Helen Sanderson Associates www.helensandersonassoaciates.co.uk to develop our peer mentor network to be able to deliver high quality support planning that will be sustainable and owned by people who have a disability who live in Wiltshire. This will run parallel with our programme of training and peer mentorship, as outlined above (How is it for you?) as this fits really well together and embeds the work of both projects It will develop the skills of people who have the experience of developing their support plans to support others. We will explore Planning Live and how this can help people to learn about support planning, working with groups and build the numbers of people who have support plans and their local networks, involving the local community and educate and support service workers to learn alongside service users. We will develop peer mentorship in the local areas of – Salisbury, Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge recruiting two peer mentors in each area to train for Support Planning. This could link with employment opportunities for people in the future and become part of the skills development back into work, if it is what people would like to pursue. We will be using Planning Live - a group planning process where people come together, with their family, friends and supporters to develop their support plans. This can either be a couple of people or with up to 10 people and their allies, who develop their support plans simultaneously. This can take a couple of afternoons or a couple of days, depending on the group. For more information visit the Department of Health website www.dh.gov.uk to read the report ‘Planning Together – Peer Support and Self Directed Support’. This is an excellent report on how local disabled people have the experience and knowledge to support each other and do not always need to rely on ‘professional’ help. Another good link for information is at the Support Planning web site – www.supportplanning.org - to read more about Planning Live. This is a real opportunity for service users to offer their knowledge and experience to those unsure of the process and systems of self directed care, you can help us to support others! We look forward to hearing from you. Geraldine Bentley The International Day of Disabled People This 3rd December, ADD International is launching the UK’s first ever Stamp and Swap campaign. ADD International is a UK-based charity that works with the disability movements in Africa and Asia, supporting disabled people come together to make decisions about their own lives. It will be no news to you that discrimination and inequalities are still faced by disabled people all over the world, every single day. So we are asking you to tell your families and friends to join in Stamp and Swap to promote disability issues and raise funds whilst having fun and celebrating International Day of Disabled People. It is for anybody and everybody. Stamp and Swap invites individuals and organisations to get involved by donating £5 to swap experiences (LifeSwap) online or physical items (SwapIt) at an organised event. Tell everyone you know to go to www.stampandswap.org and to remember to select Wiltshire CIL as their chosen UK charity as they donate their £5. All sorts of UK disability organisations are telling their supporters to join in at www.stampandswap.org raising awareness and funds whilst swapping. For more information, please visit the website www.stampandswap.org , live on 30th September, or get in touch with Gemma at ADD on email@example.com or 01373 473064. To celebrate The International Day of disabled People Wiltshire CIL are hosting a coffee morning at Devizes Bowls Club between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Friday December 3rd so do come along for a get together, a chat, a cup of coffee and cake! We are happy to answer any of your questions on self directed support but if you do want to join in a ‘Stamp & Swap’ on the morning, then bring something you would like to swap – you never know what you might get in return! It is £5 to join in but you do not have to get involved if you don’t wish to. However, we would love to see you and to mark the day by acknowledging the contribution made to society by disabled people. Two Firsts in One Day – my story! August 5th 2010 was an important day for me. Our first grandchild was born on August 2nd so I wanted to meet him! David was on his once-a-year carers break cycling in Jersey and our daughter Ruth had come to care for me. So on August 5th we went by train to meet Rupert and (this is the brave bit!) then caught a red London bus to go from Paddington to Camberwell. How scary it was! The bus driver saw us and after everyone else had got on the driver closed the doors and reversed the bus nearer the curb and let out the ramp. I drove on and reversed into the allocated space. It was free too! As you see from the photo, we arrived safely and had a first cuddle of Rupert. When I had got home again safely, I wondered why it had taken me so long to have confidence to go on a Red London Bus! Clare Evans This newsletter is available in a variety of formats on request from the office:- firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01380 725400. We are always pleased to hear from anyone who would prefer to receive their newsletter electronically thus saving postage and trees! Please e-mail the office and put “Electronic Newsletter Copy” in the subject. 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