Agoraphobic Outreach #wordfromthestreet episode 19
In this episode we discuss the the very real challenge of getting used to going back to work. Agoraphobia is a very real thing for a lot of people after months in lockdown and working from home. The impact isn't just going to be felt in our sector, however there are a lot of those working in our sector with lived experience. Since making this video I have heard of even more cases where people are saying that they are not going to be able to cope. We need to start having the conversations about how we feel and how we are going to support those who are going to struggle post lockdown. I would love to hear your comments. Please like and subscribe to help this channel.
Top Tips for Co-production
Brought to you from Conversations on Co-production, our co-production community that gets together on a monthly basis to talk about all things co-production. It’s free to join you can do that using the link below in the description. And whilst you are there don’t forget to hit the like button – it helps the You Tube algorithm to share this video. These tips only work if you come from the place, a place of love and compassion with a belief in people their potential and that collectively we can make a difference. So in no particular order of merit, obviously because we believe in equality. Top tip number 1 is. Don’t ask for permission, learn how to ask for forgiveness. Top tip number 2 Make sure Co-production is what you start with and not what you introduce at a later date. Top tip number 3 Don’t get caught up in the detail. Top Tip number 4 It’s not a solo act. Top Tip number 5 Trust in the process. Top Tip number 6 Be Brave You can sign up for the next Conversation on Co-production here https://www.expertlink.org.uk/what-is-co-production-copy Sign up to our mailing list! https://expertlink.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8a92c2b7346c032eebaacfa72&id=ece1d1154b
Get involved! Accessing the welfare system
Expert Link is delighted to announce that we have received funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation to improve access to the benefit system for people experiencing multiple disadvantages For many people experiencing multiple disadvantages (including homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, offending and domestic violence and abuse), the process of claiming benefits, and therefore the accessibility of the welfare system as a whole, does not work. There are a range of reasons for this. IT access and digital literacy, bank accounts and ID, accessing phone systems, fear of Universal Credit and practices that can re-traumatise people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. Whilst these issues remain systematically unaddressed, many people are unable to form a relationship with the DWP and do not receive a secure source of income which can form part of the security needed to lead fulfilling lives. To change this, this project will bring together people with lived experience of multiple disadvantages and the benefit system and those working within areas of policy and practical influence to work on realistic, impactful, local and national change. This will include local and national decision makers within the DWP, frontline staff within JobCentre Plus and staff working in local and national homelessness charities and related support agencies. What unites us all will be a passion to improve the system for those experiencing it. Together, we will develop good practice around the mechanisms for making claims, inspire wider use of the local good practice that already exists and crucially demonstrate how effective changes to systems is possible when people with experience of those systems are treated as equal partners in practice design and delivery. If you have lived experience of multiple disadvantages, and/or work in areas that can make a difference, and would like to get involved, please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting this webpage (https://www.expertlink.org.uk/influencing-the-welfare-system) and contacting us using the form!
#Wordfromthestreet "Drug Dealing"
A contentious subject to say the least, however although we do NOT condone dealing, it is worth looking at the skills and asking what if we could use them to positively contribute to society. Don't forget to like share and subscribe to help our channel. Stay Safe
Shoplifting, hands up who....
What has shoplifting got to do with co-production and a strength-based approach. We often judge people on their behaviour and when we look for skills to use in a positive way we only look at those attached to positive behaviour. What would happen if we separated the behaviour from the skills / talents and then use them in a positive way. Don't forget to like share and subscribe to help our channel. Stay Safe
There is only so far..
“It’s really, really difficult for services now to be independent because of the way they’re funded. So they have to conform and they have to employ certain people that can speak that language who they deem have come from an academic background. So it excludes a lot of us that are street wise, who are people conscious, who are from the ground upwards. It excludes us from a certain level. We can get to a senior, but we will never manage a service. And that’s the shame of how it’s turned out. Because I think we have far more to offer than some of the people who have gone to university. Because we are real, we feel, and we will do our upmost, it is not just a 9-5 job. It is a badge of honour, we wear it all the time. You can’t take it away from us. It will probably say that on our gravestone, ‘Care for people all their life,’ and that’s fine by me, I accept that, it keeps me functioning.”
"We have a lot of empathy"
One of the talent that those with lived experience bring into the work place is empathy “We have a lot of empathy. There is a lot of situations depending on your organisation where they don’t value your empathy with your clients. So we have a psychiatrist here, says my team have too much empathy for our client group. I think it’s so important that we respect people and we treat them with the care that we want to be treated. And he says, ‘No, it’s too much, you need to have boundaries.’ We do have boundaries, he just doesn’t recognise our boundaries. He thinks we’re wishy-washy. And we’re not. We care for people. We care what people think. Good or bad. If they’re shouting and criticising we take it on board. Because we need to recognise where we are as individuals and how we impact on other people.” Don't forget to like share and subscribe to the channel.
Our skills and talents - meetings
“We’ve all got lived experience and I think my lived experience, you know, has obviously, you look back and it was fairly negative for me as an experience, but the skill set and what I’ve developed has probably, well, it made me the man that I am today. And that’s in a positive way. It’s made me who I am. Obviously, I come in here and I’m frustrated, but I think [ ] will say, I do have a few hats, I can go into other meetings and act a bit differently, and I think that all comes from that, having to adjust and adapt to my environment. And although, even though I do look back on it negatively, it’s helped me, it’s helped me long term.”
#HomelessNotHopeless As people with lived experience of disadvantage, we know that there is an abundance of skills and talents amongst those experiencing homelessness. However, far too often, the response to ending homelessness works in a deficit way, looking at peoples negatives and trapping us in a negative mind-set. Campaigns depict us as hopeless individuals that need charity to fix us. We want this to change. We want the support that is offered to focus on our aspirations. We want to be listened too and given a choice over our future. We want the public to understand that we all human beings with skills and talents, hopes and dreams. Over December we will be sharing some inspirational stories showing who we are. We’ll be dispelling the myths that people need to be fixed and instead showing the abundance of talents and skills that we have. We want to change attitudes. We’ll be updating our webpage everyday with new inspiration, sharing stories from our community. And we want anyone who wants too to join us. So please use the hashtag #HomelessNotHopeless to share your stories, ideas and creativity, and make a difference to how people see us. https://www.expertlink.org.uk/homelessnothopeless