Co-production is not just a word, it’s not just a concept, it is a meeting of minds coming together to find a shared solution. In practice, it means people who use services being included and working together with everyone from the start to the end of any project that affects them.
n-compass Advocacy works in co-production with Together all are able (TAAA). Together All Are Able is a Self Advocacy Organisation for people with disabilities and was set up in 2011 out of the ashes of Disability Consultancy Service, as there was a need to host and support self advocacy in Wirral. Together All Are Able is proud to be a fully disability run and led Organisation.
TAAA support people to speak up by using peer and mutual support and work with Self Advocates, Carers and Professionals to make Self Advocacy happen and are one of the most successful and active Self Advocacy groups across the North West of England, enabling people with disabilities to have choice and control by supporting them to speak up. Their Directors are active participants in many other groups and organisations both locally and nationally such as Learning Disability England, Disability Rights UK and Pathways with 2 of their members being part of the National Co-Production Advisory Group.
You can find out more about Together All Are Able and how to become a member of their group by visiting their Facebook or Twitter page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
n-compass and TAAA have been working together to integrate advocacy within local communities, health and social care and the voluntary, community and faith sector and have so far achieved;
- Joint production of Statutory Advocacy easy read factsheets
- Delivery of advocacy training to Health and Social care professionals
- Delivery of a one year anniversary event of the Wirral Advocacy Hub
- Development of promotional materials and case studies to showcase the benefits of co-production
- Regular meetings with Key Stakeholders aimed at integrating all forms of advocacy as best practice