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My Life Focus Group: 5th July 2023

Meeting date: July 5, 2023

Focus Group:

Agenda Item

  • Item 1.
    My Vote My Voice with Dr Mark Brookes – Dimensions
  • Item 2.
    Lets talk reviews with James Boutle Operations and Partnerships Manager (Learning Disabilities and Autism) Suffolk County Council
  • Item 3.
    Any other business

Who attended

2

Self Advocates

2

Families and Carers

3

Key Organisations

4

Provider Organisations

2

Board Members

Guest Speakers

  • Item 1.
    Dr Mark Brookes, Dimensions
  • Item 2.
    James Boutle, Suffolk County Council

Item 1. My Vote My Voice with Dr Mark Brookes – Dimensions

  • You Said
    It is a lot harder to vote now that you need an ID.
  • Response
    There are now more options with which ID you can use. You can apply for a voter’s ID if you need one. You can also use a freedom pass.
  • You Said
    It would be good for MPs to know about this campaign and to pledge support.
  • Response
    Action: to contact MPs and tell them about the campaign.
  • You Said
    How do we know what each party is aiming for?
  • Response
    They usually have a manifesto. One thing we are campaigning for is for each party to put their manifesto in easy read.
  • You Said
    Is there easy read available to tell you about how MPs have voted?
  • Response
    We are trying to talk to constituencies and find out what they have in easy read. So far I don’t know of any that have this in easy read.
  • You Said
    How can the social care team help with this?
  • Response
    Making sure that everyone is registered and understands they have a right to vote.
  • You Said
    What needs to happen to help reduce hate crime?
  • Reponse
    Education! Raising awareness through the I’m with Sam campaign.
  • You Said
    How does hate crime relate to Suffolk? Are there particular concerns?
  • Response
    We did have a strong relationship with Police in Suffolk before Covid. We now have contact with another person in the police.

Lets talk reviews with James Boutle Operations and Partnerships Manager (Learning Disabilities and Autism) Suffolk County Council

  • You Said
    Since Covid I have been accessed as not needing any support but I don’t agree with this.
  • Response
    Support being cut can be a big worry for people when it comes to reviews. A good review should bring out any support needs that are still there.
  • You Said
    We know people are having telephone reviews but are not aware that these were actual reviews.
  • Response
    Telephone reviews are important for us to get through everybodys review. For some people they work better but not for everybody.
  • You Said
    I am aware of many people in services who have not had a review in the last 2 years.
  • Response
    We have huge numbers of reviews to get through. We have been doing lots of work recently. 70% of people have had a review in the last year. We want to make sure people have quality reviews. We also want to make sure that people have reviews proportionately if not, much needs to change then a long review process may not be needed.
  • You Said
    People are not given good choices and end up being stuck in day services.
  • Response
    I think there is a perception that we are trying to push people into day services. We don’t want to do this, but we have found since covid that there is less going on in communities.
  • You Said
    There needs to be more support for people to know what a review is and how to prepare for one.
  • Response
    We did some great work around 6 years ago with the partnership board around what makes a good review. From that we had around 3 workshops for social workers.
  • You Said
    We used to have social worker students come and do placements with us. This really helped with understanding of advocacy and knowledge of what’s available in the local community.
  • Response
    We are working on a more standardised induction process for social workers. Helping to signpost people to the right place can be quite an individual thing.
  • You Said
    Is there an opportunity to ask people at the start of the review process whether a telephone review would be ok for them, or whether they need a face to face review?
  • Response
    We do want to train social workers to ask these questions.
  • You Said
    Could you have more funding for social workers?
  • Response
    We would love more social workers. Reviews would be better quality if we had more social workers. Its not just funding that makes this difficult. We are also struggling to recruit social workers.

My life focus group 5th July minutes

Easy Read Minutes for My Life Focus Group: 5th July 2023

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My life focus group 5th July Presentation

Presentation for My Life Focus Group 5th July 2023

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