User-led organization teaching and inspiring others
- Spectrum - Centre for Independent Living
- Country of Implementation
- United Kingdom
- Western Europe
- First published
“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.” Ian LOYNES, Chief Executive, SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living
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, Innovation and Impact
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.
Funding, Outlook and 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.). Participants gather at the SPECTRUM CIL “Hate Crime” seminar held in October 2014 for ULOs and other organizations that are concerned about hate crimes in the United Kingdom.