A way of working whereby citizens and decision makers, or people who use services, family carers and service providers work together to create a decision or service which works for them all. The approach is value driven and built on the principle that those who use a service are best placed to help design it.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM INVOLVE
Helping you on the path of Co-Production & Involvement
Whatever your needs may be, we are here to offer support and engagement.
Involve values diversity, we recognise that everybody has their own unique skills, experiences, values and beliefs.
We do not have a 'one hat fits all' approach - we prefer to work with people (and treat them) as individuals.
Whilst most of our life journeys share similarities - we all walk our own path.
When we have shared experience - there is a great deal of strength in numbers, together we are stronger.
Getting involved is a process of growth and self-discovery which can lead to greater self confidence, being appropriately assertive, and most importantly feeling valued and making a real difference.
If you want to find out more, please arrange to come in to see us.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
We are with you every step of the way
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CO-PRODUCTION AND REAL INVOLVEMENT
Involve has spent over a decade forging partnerships with Coventry City Council, local NHS Services and third sector services (community assets) to give people an opportunity to get involved and collectively have a voice.
We have established positive partnerships with Coventry Healthwatch, The Care Quality Commission, and some of the largest mental health providers in our community.
We know that co-production and involvement opportunities offer many benefits, but at it's worst can be last minute and tokenistic (to say the least). Working together we can change this!
Involve will not participate in or promote co-production and involvement activities that are tokenistic, last minute or tick box exercises.
VOLUNTEERING FOR INVOLVE
Involve has many volunteering opportunities for people from all walks of life. (although we positively prefer people to have lived experience of mental health issues - this isn't essential).
We offer flexibility in commitment from time limited placements for specific projects, or ad-hoc opportunities for one off support and experiences.
We want you to get the most out of any volunteering opportunity with Involve.
We will try our best to engage you in activities which will draw on your skills and experiences, and also where you will have an opportunity to learn something new, maybe challenge existing beliefs, to give something back and to be appreciated.
To find out more - get in touch or simply complete the volunteer form which can be found by clicking the link at the top of the page.
Involve has established peer support networks in Coventry. We have our own mental health peer support group - which usually meets every Wednesday. We also facilitate a walking group which has a strong peer support element.
People often ask us 'What is peer support?' We say it is like having a friend who has been in a similar situation to you, it can be likened to a journey where at the start you need help from others and eventually this evolves into where you are strong enough to help people who were - just like you.
Does peer support focus only on mental health and wellbeing? Absolutely not - because there are many facets to our lives that are interlinked. Many things affect our mental and physical wellbeing, for example, these can include; having a roof over our head, food, warmth, feeling safe, having enough money to get by, physical health, belonging, family, friends and many others.