Some of the opportunities CBUG supports are one-off activities like tendering panels, staff recruitment and focus groups but we also have some which involve a more regular commitment.
Opportunities which involve regular commitment
Would you like to represent mental health service users at meetings with other service users and professionals?
- Acute Division Quality Forum: Opportunity for 2 service users
The meetings take place on the first Weds of every month: 9.30-11am. Lived experience of care in the acute setting is desirable.
- Mental health drop-in: Opportunity for 1 service user
Weekly mental health drop-in happens 2.30pm – 5pm every Tuesday at The Hub, 8 Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 3SG. Opportunity for 1 service user to run this drop-in where peers meet up and find out about service user involvement. VoiceAbility provides training, shadowing and support for the service user who runs it.
- Newsletter editing: Opportunity for 1 service user
- Contract monitoring: Opportunity for 1 CBUG member
VoiceAbility writes a report and holds a meeting with commissioners every 3 months to check how our work is going. 1 CBUG member and 1 Frontline member help to present the report and take part in the meeting.
- Service User Alliance: Opportunity for 1 CBUG member
This meeting, chaired by Jenifer Dylan is a space for representatives of different service user groups to come together and share news and opportunities and plan joint events. Meetings take place roughly every 6 weeks on a Friday afternoon 2-4pm.
- Highgate User Forum: Opportunity for 1 Patients Council member
Islington Borough User Group (IBUG) chair this meeting on a Thursday 2-4.30pm every 3 months. Service users, inpatients and Trust professionals attend and feedback is given about patients council. Open to all.
We rotate these roles regularly to allow fairness and for the different opportunities to be available to as many people as possible, and be flexible to individuals personal circumstances.
If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
The Side by Side Network
Share your experience to improve mental health services
We know it is important to listen to you and use your experiences to assist us in improving mental health services. Together we want to create a world-class mental health service in Camden and Islington, but we need your help to do it.
in 2016 we created The Side-by-Side Network to give people who use our mental health services the opportunity to speak to us about their experiences. This is your chance to have your say and to make a real difference. We will listen to you and together we will better understand what works and what doesn’t and use this knowledge to constantly improve services. The network is user-led, and works in coproduction with C&I staff.
By joining the Side-by-Side Network you can get involved by giving your views through phone calls, letters, emails, questionnaires and events where key issues will be discussed. We send out a few emails each week with a range of news and involvement opportunities.
Building on your skills and interests
The Side-by-Side Network is not a one-way street. Not only will you have a fantastic opportunity to share your experiences for the betterment of local care, you could also gain volunteering, employment, training and social opportunities that will help you develop new skills and gain confidence. [subject to funding]
Who can join the network?
Service users and carers with experience of mental health services. If you would like to join, just follow this link. http://tinyurl.com/joinourside