The Trust values the involvement of service users, their friends
and relatives, carers and local people. With their help, we can
improve our understanding of different groups' needs, and tailor
our services accordingly. See our Recognising your involvement
leaflet for more information.
There are many ways in which individuals can become involved in
the activities of the Trust.
What is involvement?
People who use mental health services, or care for those people,
know a great deal about services, from the most important end.
Their knowledge and experience is invaluable - we want it to
guide and inform us when improving services.
- Making a difference by being actively involved
- Having your views listened to and acted upon in service
planning, delivery and evaluation
- Working together with different members of staff
- Using your experience as a service user or carer to improve
- Having an opportunity to use your personal skills and
People should be involved in planning their own care, in
partnership with the people who provide services. You may also want
to get involved in:
- Staff recruitment , sit on committees and evaluate
- Helping to plan, develop and design better policies and
services for the future.
Why is it important?
We need to listen to people who have used our services or
who have cared for people using our services, so that we can see
what works well and what can be improved.
We need your involvement in:
- Staff training and induction
- Recruitment of new staff
- Reviewing services and providing feedback
- Chairing and participating in groups or meetings
- Trust conferences and events.
What do you get back?
- Meeting new people
- Connecting with your local communities
- Developing new skills
- Raising self-esteem and confidence
- Support from workers
- Opportunities to develop your CV
- The opportunity to make a difference.
We value the time and commitment that individuals give to AWP.
There are six levels of involvement. From level two onwards AWP
always offers out of pocket expenses.
AWP offers payment for the time and contribution to the
- staff recruitment
- reviewing and developing services.
Our Research and Development department has a vacancy for a
service user, carer or member of the public to join their
committee. Click here for
more information and to express you interest.