Our Community Reporters
Building on the success of last year’s local account we have continued our working with a team of community reporters from The People’s Network. The reporters met with a local videographer and discussed what they wanted to achieve from their short illustrative films, including questions, techniques and approaches to the films. They then went out and about, meeting with the council’s adult social care heads of service and team managers, as well as with local people who have received services. They were filmed talking to these people, asking the questions that they felt local people would want answers to.
The reporters felt that it was important that this year’s report included films of local people in receipt of adult social care services, telling their stories and experiences, as well as of the council’s leads and managers.
The People’s Network
The People’s Network is a group of people who live in Dudley Borough and who have experience of using adult social care services. The group meet every two months, supported by Healthwatch Dudley and the council and discuss a range of topics realted to care, health and support. The Network gives local people a really important opportunity to have their say about local health and social care services and to influence these services. The meetings are designed to give everyone the chance to:
Network in a positive way with people who have similar interests in social care
Have discussions and share knowledge about local services
Inform policies and influence local services
Have real opportunities to provide feedback to decision makers
Test the accuracy and readability of public documents before they are published
Bring and share powerful stories, journeys and experiences
The People’s Network is very much appreciated and valued by care and health decision makers. It is vital that we do give local people who have experience and knowledge of local services the opportunity to share this knowledge and contribute to the development and delivery of health and social care services.