Learning and Research Centre
Self Funders Research
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Workshops and Meetings from Wiltshire CIL - January to March 2013
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Mentor Course runs again
Wiltshire CIL’s 3 year funding, to train Peer Mentors and set up a Peer Mentoring Scheme to support Direct Payment users in Wiltshire draw up their Support Plans and plan their own care, is now in its last year and the final training course for Direct Payment users and carers to learn how to mentor others has just begun. The core tutors are Geraldine Bentley and Clare Evans from Wiltshire CIL with Sessional contributions from Jo Francis, Wiltshire Council. Here are two photos from the Course showing students in discussion and also a session being led by Geraldine.
Starter Workshops for those “Thinking about,” or “New to,” Direct Payments
As part of our commitment to support people to take control of their Direct Payments and have the opportunity of using it as effectively as possible, we are running workshops in different parts of the County for those who have decided to try Direct Payments, rather than receive help arranged by the department for adult and community services (DACS). Participants have found it helpful to come together in a “safe” environment to talk with those experienced at using Direct Payments to learn tips about how to make the most of them. Each Workshop is tailored to the needs of participants and is suitable for Direct Payment Users and Carers from adult care and for parents of children receiving Direct Payments. Follow the link Direct Payments Workshops to learn the dates and sign up by completing the application form or sending an email to email@example.com with your request on and contact details.
We are developing a centre based on Disability Equality principles, where professionals in the voluntary, public and private sectors can come for advice and learning.
The Centre is carrying out research in 2 areas - the support needs of Direct Payment users and the experiences of Social Workers on placement in User-Led organisations. In January 2012 we published our first research report into the 'Self-Directed Training Needs of Direct Payment Users in Wiltshire'.
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