The Co-Creating Healthy Change project helps people from diverse communities in Cardiff and the Vale share their views on health, social care and well-being services. We hold forum meetings and events where people can meet service providers to ask questions and share feedback about local services and run training sessions on topics such as ‘Communication Skills’ and ‘Understanding the Health Board’ to help build people’s knowledge about services and to help them feel confident when sharing their views. We also link people with volunteering roles and other opportunities where they can get involved and develop their skills to make a more direct impact on the services they use.
Recent events have included a coffee morning with Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, where attendees raised issues such as the accessibility of local hospital sites for wheelchair users and a lack of screening available for prostate cancer. Ideas were also shared about how hospital discharge services could be improved.
Maria Battle addresses the group
An excellent and informative session with many interesting issues raised.
I thought this morning was excellent. There has been a fantastic improvement in the services provided. We need more meetings of this nature.
– Co-Creating Healthy Change participants
During September we also organised a return visit to the Senedd. Following a workshop to find out more about the work of the National Assembly, members watched the Plenary debate where the Minister for Health and Social Services answered questions about NHS recruitment and staffing levels as well as waiting times for treatment.
This October we’ve worked with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to run an engagement session where project members found out how they can get involved with council consultations. The group also shared their ideas on how the council can expand their current engagement work.
Upcoming events in November include an ‘Introduction to Commissioning’ training session which will explore what commissioning is and the process by which local services come to exist. We will also be running another ‘Understanding the Health Board’ training session with presentations from the Patient Experience Team and Community Health Council. Forum meetings during November will be focusing on Hospital Discharge Services in Cardiff and Social Services in the Vale of Glamorgan.
If you would be interested in attending these events please contact Roz or Shelagh on:
All of our events are free to attend and we can cover expenses such as travel, childcare and replacement care costs.
This project is one of 10 projects in the Co-Creating Healthy Change portfolio and you can find out more these projects by visiting the portfolio blog at co-creatinghealthychange.tumblr.com