Citizenship Team in the North East and North Cumbria

The Citizenship Team is made up of 4 Citizenship Leaders and a Project Support Coordinator. The aim of the Citizenship Team is to make it easier for people with a learning disability, autistic people and their families to have their voices heard about what support and services are needed in the North East and North Cumbria.

The Working Together Strategy is a big plan for the North East and North Cumbria.

It says that children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autistic children, young people and adults and their families should be able to be involved in planning the support and services that are needed to live a good life.

 

The Citizenship Team are

Nargis and Terry – Family Carers

Frank and Shaun – Self Advocates

Michelle – Project Support Coordinator

 

The Citizenship Team will make it easier for people with a learning disability, autistic people and their families to have their voices heard about what support and services are needed.

 

To do this they will

 

•      Find out what is already happening in the North East and North Cumbria to involve people and families in decision making

•      Understand the meetings where decisions are made and make sure people and families are involved

•      Get to know people in different jobs and build good working relationships with them

•      Speak up if people and families are not being included and not being listened to

•      Support children and young people who are autistic or have a learning disability to learn the skills of speaking up and being involved in decisions

•      Listen to people and families from all over the North East and North Cumbria and bring their views together so they make a bigger difference

•      Create accessible information so that people and families understand how decisions are made and how to get involved

•      Help areas that are not doing as well to involve people and families more

•      Help people to understand what citizenship means and to understand their rights

•      Look at where people and families need to be more involved in decision making and help make this happen

 

A Citizenship Steering Group will help them to plan all this work. This group is made up of people with a learning disability, autistic people and family carers who volunteer to meet the team once a month to talk about the work.