Sharing Knowledge – North East & Cumbria (run by In Control and Inclusion North)

The course is free and will run over five two-day sessions between October 2016 and February 2017.

What is Sharing Knowledge about?

This is a new course for the North East and Cumbria area which will identify, train, support and sustain a network of people – citizen leaders – who believe that things can be better for disabled people and their families. The course will take place against a backdrop of ‘self-directed support’.

The course is designed for vulnerable people, their parents/relatives and people who support them through their work in social care, health and education in the North East and Cumbria. By ‘vulnerable’ we mean people with learning disabilities, sensory impairments, physical impairments, people with long-term or serious health issues (physical and mental) or people with a learning disability who are at risk of exclusion and need support in order to live happy and healthy lives.

Sharing Knowledge is about building new alliances which will become powerful and make real differences to the future of vulnerable people. The programme will build on work already done across the area through investing in parent/carer and self-advocate leadership and will contribute to more effective partnership working.

It will provide information and build participants’ skills so that they gain the knowledge and confidence they need to campaign and advocate for a better future for themselves and other vulnerable people in our society. A strong values base of inclusion and equality underpins the programme. Participants will be listening, learning, planning and creating together.

Who is Sharing Knowledge for?

 They want people to apply for a place on the course who have first-hand experience of issues that affect vulnerable people and their families. People who think that life for people who need extra support could be better and who want to improve the way things are now – but don’t always know where to start.

There will be 35 place available. To be eligible to apply, you must also either be a resident in the North East or Cumbria, or be involved in providing support to someone who is a resident. This could also be a person working in social care, education, health or leisure.

Looking for people who are:

  • Passionate about everyone’s right to be included as full citizens in local community life.
  • Committed to action.
  • Committed to working with other people to make life better for vulnerable people who need extra support.

The Course Programme

The course is residential and runs over five months from October 2016 to February 2017. The session’s run on two consecutive days, once a month. Each session will run approximately from 9:30am until 5:00pm.

Course participants will learn about:

  • The history of social care and why things are the way they are.
  • Person centred planning and support planning.
  • What’s possible and practical.
    • Getting the right support, rites of passage and peer support.
    • Communication and assistive technology.
    • Housing options and innovative respite.
    • Dispelling the myths about Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
    • Health and postural care.
  • Being in control of the care that you need.
  • Understanding and relating to the system locally, making change happen and making plans for the future.

For an application pack and more information, please contact:

 In Control Support Centre

Carillon House Chapel Lane Wythall B47 6JX Email:

Tel: 01564 821 650

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