Forum members sharing their views with Cardiff Bus at the Cardiff Forum
The Co-Creating Healthy Change project helps people in Cardiff and the Vale to share their views about health, social care and wellbeing services with the people who run them
We hold regular meetings where people can find out more about services available to them (such as GPs, local hospitals, mental health services, social care services and the ambulance service) and share their feedback about these services. We believe it is important that people who use services are involved in these activities as they are ‘experts by experience’ and their knowledge can help improve services in future.
Participants at a Personal Development training course in Butetown
Who is the project for?
We encourage people from diverse communities in Cardiff and the Vale to be involved in the project and particularly welcome:
- Black and minority ethnic people
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
- Disabled people
- Older people
- Transgender people
We work with people from these communities in particular as they are less likely to have their voices heard.
Attendees at a 50+ Health and Wellbeing Awareness Day. Speakers included the Chair of Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Older People’s Commissioner, Social Services and Public Health Wales.
What does the project involve?
We hold regular forum meetings in Cardiff and the Vale where you can meet service providers and share your views. Speakers at the forums have included the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Hospital Discharge Services, Age Connects, Cardiff Bus, and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Speakers are invited to the meetings based on the ideas of forum members.
As well as the forums we run community events in Cardiff and the Vale. These have included a 50+ Health and Wellbeing Awareness Day, a Universal Credit Awareness Session and a ‘Meet the GP Out of Hours Service’ coffee morning. We also run training to support people taking part in the project and so far have held sessions on communication skills, confidence building, equality & diversity awareness, and co-production.
We are able to offer travel expenses, replacement care costs (including child care) and access costs (e.g. interpreters and palantypists) to people attending our events and meetings.
Forum members at a trip to the Senedd where they found out how to share their views with the National Assembly.
How can I find out more?
For more information about the project please get in touch with Shelagh by phoning 029 2036 8888 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is one of 10 Co-Creating Healthy Change projects in Cardiff and the Vale. More information about all the projects is available on our blog.