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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 will have opportunities to utilise and develop their knowledge of health and social care systems, gain 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.

Upcoming events

Peer Support online meet-up

Wednesday 28th October, 11am-12pm

A welcoming space for disabled people, family carers and support workers of people with complex support needs to come together on Zoom and share their experiences, ask questions and find out about latest resources and information.

To join the Zoom, email Esther for a link, [email protected]

Decision Making online workshop with Renaissance Legal

Wednesday 25th November, 11am-12pm

If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person who may not be able to make decisions about their welfare and finances now or in the future, you will need to consider the best ways to protect them as they move to adulthood. Philip Warford, Lawyer and specialist in planning for the future of disabled & vulnerable people, will talk through who can make decisions on behalf of another person, the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Powers of Attorney and how the Court of Protection might help.
To book your free place email: [email protected]

Free training for families, carers and support workers

We are pleased to announce that we are launching a series of free training opportunities for family carers and support workers supporting adults (18 years +) through a Personal Budget. The programme of training will be delivered in conjunction with Independent Lives and is funded through Skills for Care. 
For more information visit:


  • Peer Support online meet-ups on Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month to share knowledge and experience
  • Bespoke training and workshops for families, carers and support workers such as how to recruit and manage specialist support workers, Positive Behaviour Support training and more.
  • PATH visual planning using images and keywords, PATH helps to identify long-term goals for individuals spanning employment, education, friendships and community life and records steps and support needed to reach those goals.

If you’d like to be part of The Support Collective please contact Esther: [email protected]

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