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As part of the new programme Art Freedom Care we are giving the Peer Support Network a new name. The Support Collective reflects the diversity of voices brought together – from people with lived experience of complex support needs, their circles of support, families, carers, support workers, PAs and representatives from health and social care.

We collectively share the aim of working towards person-centred, accountable and inclusive models of support and care, and protecting the rights of people with support needs.

Through free training, skills development and advocacy, families and caregivers have opportunities to utilise and develop their knowledge.

By joining the Support Collective you will gain:

  • a clearer understanding of the health and social care systems,
  • practical training specific to working with people with support needs,
  • explore bespoke models of care and support and how to realise these in a way that improves their lives.

We host monthly Support Collective online meet-ups and a programme of training for families, carers and support workers.

Support Collective YouTube channel

Events

Each event explores the lived experience of disability, celebrating best practice and also working constructively with providers to identify and find solutions to gaps in services, information and provision. The Collective are encouraged to work together to achieve successful personalised pathways for the people they care for and support. Recent workshops and forums have focused on Continuing Healthcare eligibility and reviews and sharing Aspirations for Personalisation which led to the creation of a Charter of Ambition and Rights. Find out about the Charter of Ambition and Rights here.

We support family carers and support workers to build on local intelligence and support each other to make informed decisions. We host events throughout the year where we facilitate discussions with care providers, invite specialist speakers in health and social care and host practical workshops.

To receive regular updates, sign up to the Support Collective mailing list here.

If you are interested in the network or attending the events please contact Esther Springett at [email protected].

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