Coproduction Group for Taking Control of Your Life

Our previous co-production group members sitting around a wooden table. The table has lots of bright pens and paper on it, as the members are making creative posters about their personal care goals.

The Taking Control of Your Life (TCOYL) co-production network is a fantastic way to meet other local disabled people. It was first set up in 2020 so we could work towards making the care services in our community more accessible. We regularly host workshops, offer each other peer support, and meet with stakeholders to produce great results.  

Join us!

You can contact us to get involved, to join our mailing list or to have an informal chat with a member of our team. We are always looking for new members to work with. All our members get training on the social model of disability, in addition to reasonable expenses paid. To join the network, you must identify as D/deaf or disabled and must live, study or work in Tower Hamlets. 

Contact:  

Email: TCOYL@real.org.uk 

Phone: 020 7001 2184 or 020 7001 2188. 

Text/ WhatsApp: 07305811946 or 07458 304616.  

One of our steering group meetings. Several members are featured sitting together in a conference hall and can be seen listening to a panel of Real staff who are facilitating the meeting.

Some of our highlights so far:   

  • Our most recent event on 8th March 2022 “Creating Your Own Care Plan” was led by a disabled member who has been writing her own care plan for years. The workshop explored what self-directed support means and how we can best achieve it. 
  • Our ‘Direct Payments 101: Everything You Need to Know’ workshop was hosted by us in collaboration with the Brokerage Manager from Tower Hamlets Council, People Plus and the Independent Living Group (ILG). 100% of attendees said the session was helpful and improved their understanding of direct payments.  
  • Information on Direct Payments is often inaccessible and hard to find. So, we are producing an Easy Read guide in partnership with the borough’s Personalisation team and the user-led organisation Create. We expect to release this in spring 2022.  
  • We coproduce the borough’s new adult social care strategy together with the Council’s Head of “Policy and Strategy for Health, Adults and Communities”.  
  • Other activities have included: meetings with the Council’s Senior Commissioning Manager on home care procurement and a joint workshop with Local Voices on cuts to social care. 

To find out more about the other exciting things we have coming up, we would recommend you visit our Eventbrite page. 

 

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