Dorset Council are inviting people to join them in understanding  how to make day services, day activities and the things that ‘the people they support’ do with their day, better. Anyone can join, including carers. These conversations are planned to start next Tuesday 22 June and will run until September.

There will be some specific sessions aimed at carers and Dorset Council are interested in both finding out more on carers perspectives on advocating for their cared for but also for themselves. There are also plenty of other relevant topics, such as promoting independence, learning new skills, accessing the local community, the role of charities and forums. You can look at their full timetable to find what sessions interest you.

Sessions designed specifically to hear from carers include:

  • Giving my carers a break and doing what I want to do on Thursday 15 July, 1pm–2pm
  • New to caring? What support do you need? on Tuesday 10 August, 10am-11am
  • How do we support carers to take time for themselves? on Wednesday 18 August, 11.30am–12.30pm
  • By your side – enjoying our time together on Thursday 26 August, 10am–11am

All these sessions give you the chance to share what you need as a carer and look for solutions as a collective.

This Coproduction programme was created as part of The Better Days initiative from Dorset Adult Services team at Dorset Council, who want to explore how to make day services, day activities and the things that ‘the people we support’ do with their day, better.

In January they launched a survey to ask people ‘what they did with their day’, ‘what they would like to do’ and ‘what was important to them’.   Having collected this data they want to find out more and get the community involved in solving the problems identified.

If you are uncomfortable engaging in group discussion or using digital technology. You can also attend their scheduled drop-ins which can provide individual conversations by appointment. To book onto one of these drop-in sessions, email Joseph Morrel at Joseph.morrell@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

In order to register for the events you will need to use their specifically created SharePoint site. It will then prompt you to sign in or create a Microsoft account. Currently people are being told they are not part of the directory, so are being manually added if you email Joseph.morrell@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk with the email you used to register for your Microsoft account. This web space will help people keep up to date with meetings and provide a place to contribute to the conversation outside of meetings.

If you have any other questions or issues you can email Joseph Morrel at Joseph.morrell@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

You can also join their mailing List to keep up to date with what is happening.