Innovative Practices 2015 on Independent Living and Political Participation
User-led organization teaching and inspiring others
“We believe that all organizations promoting empowerment and social change should be peer based, and should be fully accountable to and representative of the community they work in.”
|Name of Innovative Practice:||User-led organization teaching and inspiring others|
|Organisation:||SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living (CIL)|
UK Government policy requires all local authorities to support and encourage user-led organizations to develop new services through user involvement. Often, local policies are hostile to ULO development; and while local authorities may want to support ULOs, they do not know how to go about doing so. Likewise, new ULOs often do not know where to go for guidance.
SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY
Sharing experiences and success stories of existing ULOs and providing peer-based mentoring to new ULOs helps them to develop more quickly and to avoid making the same mistakes. SPECTRUM CIL collects existing good practices in ULO development and user involvement and makes these resources available to a wide audience. Lack of such information is often the reason new ULOs fail in their development.
OUTLOOK & TRANSFERABILITY
SPECTRUM CIL has developed a legacy strategy to ensure that the toolkits, resources, support networks, and facilities that it has developed will remain available to new ULOs even after the project concludes. All findings and resources are transferable to any developing user-led organization supporting any disadvantaged group (e.g., older people, gays and lesbians, immigration groups, etc.).
Nominated by: Ian LOYNES, SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living