Residents work with Newham Council to improve services for disabled people

13 March 2013 in Health
Dozens of residents gathered at an event to find out about getting involved in developing and improving services for disabled people.​
Left, Grainne Siggins, director of adult social care at Newham Council, Cllr Clive Furness (centre) and Julie Newman (third from
Newham Council held the event called Our Lives – Our Right to Control at West Ham Football Ground to encourage disabled residents to offer their input into how to help improve services.
Speakers on the day included Mina Parmar, co-chair of the Newham’s Co-production forum and Julie Newman, acting chair of the UK Disabled People's Council.
Customers were able to attend workshops on topics including communicating with our customers, employment programmes for disabled people in Newham and how can we encourage and support micro-enterprises.
Attendees were also invited to join a task group which will meet regularly to develop, discuss and improve council services.
Councillor Clive Furness, Newham’s executive member for health, said: “At Newham we believe that effectively engaging disabled people as partners in deciding how services are delivered pays huge dividends – leading to better services and outcomes for everyone. Co-production is about our customers, the local authority and our partners working together to ‘co-produce’ services. This has been a great event and we plan to hold more in the near future.”