My Experiences
Central England People First
Our History Project
• We wrote about the
history of Central
England People First.
• I was the project
manager on our history
project.
• We ran...
• It was hard to work out
what was important –
especially from the
paperwork. There was so
much!
• We talked to experts at...
• We had so much
information it was a
challenge to make it
accessible.
• We had help from Helen
Graham to think about the
...
• When it came to thinking
about what to include in our
booklet this was much harder.
• We had to make tough
decisions lik...
• We also had to decide what
was important to write in
the booklet.
• It was hard to get the
balance right between what
wa...
• We wanted people to
understand how
important Central
England People First was
to the whole world.
• This is called ‘hist...
Our problems were:
• Deciding what was
important.
• Choosing who we needed
to read our work.
• Deciding whose story we
wan...
Our Advice is:
• Ask for help. This means
knowing what you are an
expert at and knowing
what you are not an
expert at.
• Y...
I have lots to say about my work with the
National Forum of People with Learning
Disabilities too.
Please come and ask me ...
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Presentation by Craig Hart at the fourth ESRC funded seminar on participatory research with people with learning disabilities

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My experiences at Central England People First and on the National Forum

  1. 1. My Experiences Central England People First Our History Project
  2. 2. • We wrote about the history of Central England People First. • I was the project manager on our history project. • We ran our project but we needed to make sure we included people who had the skills we needed.
  3. 3. • It was hard to work out what was important – especially from the paperwork. There was so much! • We talked to experts at Northamptonshire archives to help us decide what to keep and what to throw. • We had a traffic light system. This is on our website.
  4. 4. • We had so much information it was a challenge to make it accessible. • We had help from Helen Graham to think about the topics that were most important. • We wrote down all the things People First meant to us and all the things we did. • We sorted these into piles.
  5. 5. • When it came to thinking about what to include in our booklet this was much harder. • We had to make tough decisions like thinking about ‘who it was for’. • We decided that the booklet was for funders and professionals and other people first groups. • We decided not to write it in easy read so we could fit more information in. This was a hard decision.
  6. 6. • We also had to decide what was important to write in the booklet. • It was hard to get the balance right between what was important to us as individuals and what was important to People First. • Some of our support workers did not agree with our choices. They thought that we had forgotten important things. • But we felt strongly that it was our booklet.
  7. 7. • We wanted people to understand how important Central England People First was to the whole world. • This is called ‘historical context’ this was really hard for us to do but we knew it was very important. • We asked our friend Professor Jan Walmsley to help write one half of the booklet.
  8. 8. Our problems were: • Deciding what was important. • Choosing who we needed to read our work. • Deciding whose story we wanted to tell. • Trying to compare what we had done to other things that were happening and say why they were important.
  9. 9. Our Advice is: • Ask for help. This means knowing what you are an expert at and knowing what you are not an expert at. • You will have to make hard decisions but choose what feels right. • Make sure the voice of people with learning disabilities does not get lost.
  10. 10. I have lots to say about my work with the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities too. Please come and ask me in the break.

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