Big Congratulations to our Workforce Development Facilitator Nicki Reilly who graduated from her Partners in Policy Making Course.
Here Nicki tells us what the course was about and what it meant to her. We are very proud of her achievement – Well Done!
“Partners is a leadership course designed to train disabled adults, as well as parents and advocates who have a disabled child up to the age of 19, to become leaders in policymaking. The course is made up of 35 participants: two thirds parents/relatives, and one third disabled adults.
Having a disability or having a disabled child means that you may need support. The support can come from lots of different places and organisations such as health, social services, education and leisure services. Sometimes trying to get what you need and getting access to the right information seems very complicated.
Partners in Policymaking (PiP) help people understand how the health and social care system works, organise meetings and present questions without getting frustrated. All PiP courses aim to help find solutions to improve people’s lives and give participants the confidence to work in partnership to enable them or their loved ones to have choice and control over their lives.
Comprised of eight two-day sessions over 8 months, the course works through issues such as education, whole-life planning, policy development and supported living.
There were sessions from well-known faces within the inclusion movement such as Heather Simmons, Tara Flood, Jack Pearpoint and Patti Scott!
My son has autism and global development delay. I heard about the course shortly after his diagnosis and was delighted that my application to join was successful. I learned all about Self Directed Support, Human Rights, Advocacy, How to access the right support for my son and how to challenge policy and campaign for more support etc. I met an amazing bunch of people both parent in similar situations to mine and self-advocates who were so inspiring, I have made valuable connections and lifelong friends. I now feel confident to challenge local issues within my community and can envisage a brighter future for my son than I had ever imagined. It was life changing and I’m grateful to have been a part of this year’s session.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to parents and self-advocates.”