My Life, My Home, My Choice

Working locally to help people live how and where they want

Southwark Council and the NHS are trying to understand what is working well and what needs to be improved in the housing available for residents with mental health needs.  The way we want to do this is to start by finding out from people directly about their views and experience. We think that it is important to do this independently so we have asked Experts by Experience to talk to you and gather your views. Experts by Experience is an organisation made up of people with lived experience of mental health conditions who are promoting the involvement of people who use mental health and support services in the future planning of those services

Why?

People have told us that they want to be more in control of their lives, where and how they live and the care and support that they may need. We want to hear from you about what’s important so that we can work with you to develop housing and support that suits you.

How?

We hope that there will be different sorts of housing made available locally that suit people better.

One way of people having more choice about how and where they live is to give them the option of having a personal health and social care budget. This is money to help people plan the things that will keep them healthy and safe and more in control of the things that matter most to them.

A personal health budget is money that you can choose to spend on some or all of the things that can help you stay well.  This can be used flexibly instead of having to use services provided to everyone that might not suit you.

Here are some examples of how personal budgets have been used

Things people have wanted to achieve with a personal budget How they did it
Improve confidence Went on a self confidence course
Lose weight Have a personal trainer and go to the gym
Feel less stressed Have an Indian head massage regularly
Help others Got a sat nav to give me confidence that I can find my way around enough to give my friends lifts in my car
Return to work Doing an IT course. Got a lap top.
Get on better with family Rail fare to visit my relatives.

 

What people say about it

‘At first I was really nervous about going to college and staff from the home came with me to settle me in, but now I get a taxi in the morning and a bus back. That was something I could never do before. The thought of a bus just freaked me out. Now every Wednesday I get a bus back.’

‘ My life is very settled. I can do what I want when I want. I now have some money. I am not bullied or patronised’

Questions

  • Will I have to move?

No this about you having more choice and control about where you live.

  • Do I have to have a personal health budget?

No you can continue to have the NHS services that you get already

  • Will you listen to what I say?

Yes your views and experience are very important to us

  • Where do I find out more?

You can speak to your care coordinator or the project manager Jane Williamson on 0207 525 1881

  • What happens to my views?

We will use your views to help improve things for you and other people living in residential care and to provide other living opportunities too.

PDF version here: Information sheet 2 05 14

For more information on this project, visit https://expertsbyexperience.wordpress.com/category/my-life-my-home-my-choice/

 


SLaM Empowering Family and Carers Event

Dear Colleagues

SUITE is continuing with their successful Empowering Family and Carers Events for this year. All events have a different theme with presentations based on this theme.

These events are an opportunity for family members and carers to find out about how SLaM operates, what they can expect for themselves and their loved ones and how they can access these services. There are ‘surgeries’ for carers to meet professionals, get information about benefits, support services, medication, care and treatment and raise any concerns or complaints they have regarding the people they care for.

The next event will be on Tuesday 30th July at Mind in Croydon from 3.15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and the theme will be Medication. Please see poster attached for more information.

Booking Form July 2013 (2)

SLAM153 – Empowering Family-Carers Poster A4 July 2013 (9)

Please help us to advertise this event by passing this on to Carers & Family members and also Service Users so they can pass it to their carers. Please note this event is for Carers and Family members only but we are always looking for staff to be involved in delivering the event.

For more information, to book a place or to find out how you can be involved in helping to deliver the event please contact

Angela.Mitchell@slam.nhs.uk     Tel: 020 3228 3722

Bridget.Jones@slam.nhs.uk

Kind Regards

Bridget Jones

Carer Consultant

Please note that I only work part-time.

South London & Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust

Bishopsgate Centre | The Royal Bethlem Hospital | Monks Orchard Road | Beckenham | Kent | BR3 3BX


SLaM’s Family & Carers Event on 2 May – Empowering Family & Carers

SLaM is continuing their very successful Empowering Family and Carer Events. There will be 4 events this year with one specifically for Forensic Services. All events have a different theme with presentations based on this theme.

They are an opportunity for family members and carers to find out about how SLaM operates, what they can expect for themselves and their loved ones and how they can access these services. There are ‘surgeries’ for carers to meet professionals, get information about benefits, support services, medication, care and treatment and raise any concerns or complaints they have regarding the people they care for.

The first one will be on Thursday 2 May in Lambeth and the theme will be Welfare Benefits and Support Services. Please see poster attached for more information: SLAM153 – Empowering Family-Carers May 2013 and booking from here: Booking Form May 2013

Please help us to advertise this event by passing this on to Carers & Family members and also Service Users so they can pass it to their carers and include it in your newsletter or website and display the poster. Please note this event is for Carers and Family members only but we are always looking for staff to be involved in delivering the event.

For more information, to book a place or you want to find out how you can be involved in helping to deliver the event please contact

Angela.Mitchell@slam.nhs.uk  Tel: 020 3228 3722   Mob: 07837984608