Coalition for Collaborative Care - Issue 17
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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.

We have a range of articles in this edition, which helps to show the varied work we at the Coalition are involved in.

I would highly recommend taking the time to read Richard's story, which helps to highlight how important it is for carers to understand their rights and where they can go to get practical support and advice.  

You can also read the results of the Independent Living survey, looking at the impact the Care Act is having, and consider what makes you healthy in our article from Timebanking UK.

There is also a number of fantastic job opportunities to take a look at - including the chance to come and work with our hub team in the role of Senior Co-production Advisor.

I hope you enjoy reading.

Community               Conversation               Co-production

News and Events

Who Decides What Health Means?

Claire Tomkinson, Wellbeing Lead at Macc, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector support organisation for Manchester reflects on a recent event she ran, where she and a colleague asked local people the simple question of 'what makes us healthy and keeps us well?'

The answers ranged from being connected to local people, having a purpose and not feeling useless to gardening and spending time with grandchildren. When clinicians were asked what they thought the answers might be, their answers included, losing weight, eating more fruit and veg and exercising more.

In this blog, Claire discusses these differing views and how adopting a community asset based approach can help stop people being seen as more than just a list of medical conditions to be fixed. 

Carers Rights Day

Friday 25 November 2016 was Carers Rights Day - an awareness day from Carers UK, designed to help carers understand their rights and find out how they can get the help and support they are entitled to.

A member of our Co-production Group, Richard Cross, helped us at C4CC raise awareness of carers rights by telling his story of how for 12 years he was one of the hidden army of carers, and how a chance conversation with a local councillor in his area that changed Richard's life for the better.

To help other carers find practical support and advice, Carers UK has produced a guide - 'Looking after someone' - which outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available. Download it here.  

In Control - Independent Living Survey

C4CC partner, In Control recently published a report on behalf of the Independent Living Strategy Group, presenting the findings from an online survey looking at what impact the Care Act is actually having on the day-to-day lives of disabled people living in England.   

Some of the results found that more than half of respondents felt their quality of life had reduced in the last 12 months, and just less than two thirds of respondents who said their support needs had been assessed in the past 12 months were not aware of how much money was available to support them. One result in particular, however, highlighted the importance of conversation with 86 per cent of respondents stating that when their Local Authority had assessed their needs, they felt they had been listened to.

The report can be read in full here.

Improving Lives, Saving Money

The College of Occupational Therapists has been running a year-long campaign to make the case for occupational therapy (OT). The College recently released its findings, which demonstrate how OT services enable more people to either avoid hospital admission or help to return home quickly.

The report has six key recommendations, with one in particular encouraging commissioners and providers in both health and social care to put occupational therapists at the forefront of reablement community support programmes. It also shows practical examples of where this is working on the ground, supporting people to learn or re-learn the skills necessary for daily living.

You can download and read the report in full here.

Work Programme Update

The fifth cohort of the Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities came to a close on Thursday 24 November. This means more than 140 people across England have undertaken this programme, which the design and delivery co-produced at every level.

The programme, an initiative started by C4CC Director Catherine Wilton in 2011 and which became part of the C4CC programme of work in April 2016, aims to support senior leaders in health and social care create the conditions for strong communities, in which people can thrive and feel supported.

The evidence for the importance of social networks and supportive communities for health and wellbeing is indisputable. Growing strong communities and people’s personal and social support networks are vital for health and wellbeing. Feedback from across all cohorts reveals that participants leave feeling energised and empowered, and a strong belief in their power to instigate change. 

For more information and to express an interest in cohort six, please email us here.

Co-production Corner: Shaun Webster

C4CC and Change People are delighted that Shaun Webster MBE is joining the C4CC Co-production Group. 

Shaun will be helping us to spread the word about C4CC and the ‘three Cs’ – building string and healthy Communities, better Conversations and working in Co-production.

Shaun is an International Project Worker at CHANGE and has delivered training worldwide, including in Bulgaria and Nicaragua. He is a role model for co-working and co-production; his work shows how this approach can benefit an organisation and empower people with learning disabilities. He is looking forward to offering his views about how the co-production group can be the best it can be.
CHANGE is a leading human rights charity led by disabled people and they employ experts with learning disabilities to co-run projects, co-deliver training and co-create accessible information. The work we do reflects our aim of the inclusion of all people with learning disabilities throughout society.

Rotherham Community Catalyst 

Community Catalysts CIC is starting a new and exciting piece of work in Rotherham in partnership with Rotherham Council and they are looking for an energetic and imaginative person to help coordinate the project. 

The project will help enterprising people and community organisations support people with a learning disability, creating increased choice, new experiences and community connections. Find out more here.

Senior Co-production Advisor - C4CC
There is still time for people to apply for the role of Senior Co-production Advisor at C4CC. Working as part of the 'hub' delivery team, the role involves managing and developing our Co-production Group, providing coaching, training and support to enable them to achieve the maximum impact. 

The closing date for applications is 5 December - find out more here.


Spice Time Credits 

C4CC partner Spice is looking for an experienced freelance fundraiser to work with their Business Development Team to develop grant applications and support the growing work of Spice. Work will include identifying funding opportunities, project development and writing tenders and bids.

For more information and to apply, click here.
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