People & Places


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presentation from the Rix Centre's My New Media Life conference on 1 October 2008 at the British Museum

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People & Places

  1. 2. <ul><li>Cathy Murray </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Disability Services </li></ul><ul><li>City & County of Swansea </li></ul>People and Places Presentation
  2. 3. POLICY AND PRACTICE <ul><li>Fulfilling the Promises (The Welsh Valuing People) </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh Assembly Government - Service Principles Service Responses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The provision of information empowers service users and carers to make informed decisions, access services and exercise their rights. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><ul><li>accessible information on the full range of services and facilities available to meet the needs of service users …..produced in a range of formats to ensure the most widespread and effective communication. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>accessible information on how users and carers can actively participate in an informed way in the individual planning and strategic planning processes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>access to timely and up to date information in an accessible format so service users can make informed choices about health and lifestyle issues. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><ul><li>Each service user must be enabled to play an integral part in the planning of their own lives and have the opportunity to state his or her wishes and preferences and have these fully taken into account. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authorities should work with support providers to explore opportunities to develop personal and local networks to meet an individual’s support needs rather than relying exclusively on formal paid support. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Learning Disability Services in Swansea response via an Implementation Framework identified: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There will be more involvement of service users to develop services that meet peoples needs better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service users and carers will be better informed regarding services available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information will be delivered in a variety of formats, website, video, CD-Rom </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Swansea Lives and People <ul><li>City and County of Swansea asked that the Swansea Provider Forum to develop a website. </li></ul><ul><li>This was to be funded by a combination of Local one-off monies and money over 3 years from Service Principles Service Responses. </li></ul><ul><li>This website was to provide information about services for people who have a learning disability who live in the City & County of Swansea. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>It was to also help people who have a learning disability and their supporters to share their views and opinions about services that they use in a open way. </li></ul><ul><li>The principle aims of these sites were to – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring People Together On-line. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Website Development <ul><li>First Swansea Lives was built: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A common framework of information from each provider delivered in video, talking, text, pictures and symbols. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible animated help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Swansea People arrived in June 2006 to support people who want to </li></ul><ul><li>stay at the centre of their circle of friends, families and supporters </li></ul><ul><li>Collect and share information about their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Plan their lives in a person centred way that makes the most of the way they communicate </li></ul>
  10. 11. Swansea People in Action <ul><li>Live Demonstration </li></ul>
  11. 12. Swansea People - The Future <ul><li>We now need to raise our game, to video rather than print, to record rather than write. </li></ul><ul><li>This means staff training, disseminating good practice, and starting to look at things in a different way. </li></ul><ul><li>We are also now thinking about how staff can use this tool more effectively. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Managing Lives not Documenting Services <ul><li>This will promote long term growing personal histories documented in the first and second person collected in ways that actively involve the person and their network . </li></ul><ul><li>It will also offer opportunities for social networking across services, homes, the region and beyond. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Service Users can use it to take more control of their services <ul><li>Individuals are thinking about how they can create content to tell the people that support them how they want to be supported. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Further Information <ul><li>Our strategy – Bringing People Together On-Line </li></ul><ul><li>SPICT </li></ul><ul><li>These and other information can be found on our stall. </li></ul>