Lincolnshire volunteers shortlisted for National Award

A team of volunteers from the Service User Involvement project at our Total Voice Lincolnshire office are finalists at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards

Service commissioner Mick Skipworth at Lincolnshire County Council nominated the group in recognition of their achievements in helping to "revitalise" Lincolnshire's Learning Disability Partnership. In the past year, they have:

  • Educated GPs about learning disability.
  • Addressed the Lincolnshire Council Health Scrutiny Committee.
  • Represented the Partnership at a national conference.
  • Produced a video to champion equal rights.

​They have worked with:

  • JUST Lincolnshire, to deliver hate crime awareness training to their peers.
  • SW Lincolnshire CCG, to keep Transforming Care and annual health checks on the agenda.
  • Lincolnshire Police, to improve the complaints service provided to people with learning difficulties.

Mick Skipworth said: "The selflessness shown by this group of people, and their determination to build a better future for others, has reaped enormous rewards."

Nominee David B. said: "It has definitely helped me to gain more confidence within myself, being able to stand up at meetings and give presentations to groups, it has given me the little bit of knowledge to get my voice out there so that people in my position aren’t afraid to speak up for themselves."

On the 28th June, David and his colleagues will be joining nominees from across the social care sector in England & Scotland, including private, statutory and voluntary organisations, at a gala dinner in Birmingham where the winners will be announced. The event will be hosted by actor and campaigner Sally Phillips. Watch this space for photos of the event!  

What’s Service User Involvement (SUI)?

We work with individuals and user groups to make sure that the voices of carers, and the people they care for, are clearly heard. We do our best to make sure that:

  • Policy and strategy are developed alongside them, and rooted in their interests. 
  • Commissioners and service providers can understand the challenges they face. 
  • Decision-makers can work with them to improve local health and social care services.
  • We can also support them to become more involved with community activities.

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