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Community Involvement

Ways to get involved

There are many ways to influence health and social care – something to suit everyone. We list half a dozen types of activity here. Scroll or click down to find more detail.

  1. Subscribe to networks and organisations, to keep informed of new opportunities.
  2. Take part in ad hoc surveys, meetings and consultations.
  3. Get active and shape services, as a User Carer Member working with the Council and NHS.
  4. Serve as a Trustee for organisations that are involved with health and social care.
  5. Add your voice to others like yours: join the dialogue with groups of service users or carers.
  6. Use established channels to express your point of view: through complaints, councillors, on-line comments, or Board meetings.

Join Healthwatch Richmond

You you can get information about Healthwatch Richmond from their website on this link.

Or phone 020 8099 5335

Get involved through Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group

Caroline O'Neill, the Engagement Manager at Richmond Clinical Commissioning group maintains a list of people who are interested in getting involved with their work. You can contact her so you can be informed of any opportunities.

0208 734 3059caroline.o'neill@richmond.gov.uk

You can also check to see what the patient participation group at your GP surgery does.

Take part in  surveys, meetings and consultations.

Check Richmond CCG Consultations

Get active and shape services

Get active and shape services as a User Carer Member or a Local Healthwatch member, working with the Council and NHS.

Several Council and NHS committees and project group include Service User Members or Carer Members members. For example you can sit on project groups working to implement  mental health strategies, or tackle priority issues in learning disability

Visit Current User and Carer Vacancies.

Get involved as a Trustee

RCVS can provide advice on how to find a trustee role that suits you. Contact RCVS, 0208 843 7945.

Add your voice to others like yours

Add your voice to others like yours: join the dialogue with groups of service users or carers. Many community groups in health and social care primarily provide services for members. They enable people with similar conditions to support each other over a coffee, and access support they need. A growing number, however, explicitly engage in dialogue with the authorities. Sometimes the facilitator takes concerns from a members’ meeting to present to officials, and sometimes Council or NHS staff are invited to attend the discussion group.

Some such groups in the Borough of Richmond include:

  • YourSay! A group of disabled, older people and carers who use social care ‘to live our lives the way we want’ and share ideas on services. Convened by RUILS. Contact number 020 8831 6083.
  • Taking Control: a group for users of mental health services. Contact RUILS who provide administrative support to Taking Control. 020 8831 6083
  • Mental Health Carers Development Group: a group convened by RB MIND to bring together carers and professionals. Contact  RB MIND; 020 8940 7384.
  • Working Together: for individuals with a learning disability. Contact  MENCAP on 020 8744 1923.

6. Use established channels to express your point of view

Use established channels to express your point of view through: complaints, councillors, on-line comments, or Board meetings.

You can complain, send a comment or compliment, raise your issues with your MP or councillor, or use new websites to post your comments for all to see.

Useful contacts: