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North East together Creative Leadership course starts in January 2015

NSUN in partnership with North East together (NEt) are running a two day Leadership course on the 8th and 9th of January 2015 at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The programme is for people living in the North East who are using or have used mental health services.

The Leadership Programme prepares and supports involvement, information and confidence building. Shared perspectives are gained through supportive collaboration. It brings people together in a group setting where they can learn together. Through solidarity and shared experience, people can regain their confidence and purpose via training and thereafter, quality involvement, influence and leadership opportunities.

The programme is service user led and directed and is about the experience of distress itself leading developments, based on what works for individuals. Lived experience enables the most articulate and sensitive monitoring of what continues to work and what needs to be adapted to support people to gain and maintain their wellbeing.

The main aims are:

  • To share lived experience, personal strengths and identify the strengths of others
  • To introduce the National Involvement Standards
  • To introduce the concepts of Values based practice and commissioning
  • To creatively explore how the National Involvement Standards might strengthen the survivor and service user voice 

The Outcomes are:

  • To collaboratively produce a creative product, film, animation, drawing to illustrate the importance of involvement 
  • To strengthen involvement and the collective voice for real change in the North East 
  • To create a group of people who stay connected and share experience for the purposes of promoting better involvement in mental health
  • To create and strengthen a sharing network learning from involvement practice across England.

If you are interested in getting involved to influence the planning, commissioning or delivery of services, then this course may be for you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Email Naomi James or telephone