Where are meetings held and how often?
Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Friday of every month in Winchester between 10.30am and 1pm. A light lunch is available after the meeting. Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed and other expenses can be covered, in most circumstances. In addition, an additional attendance fee of £75 per meeting is available upon request.
What do I have to be Expert in?
We use the term ‘Expert’ to recognise the fact that Disabled People and Carers have a great deal of lived experience of using services and experiencing a wide range of barriers within society. This experience, knowledge and expertise is invaluable to Hampshire County Council in helping them know whether the services they provide are meeting the outcomes for their residents. It also helps them when designing new services.
Is it just a talking shop?
No. As well as the monthly meetings, PEP members are strongly encouraged to get involved in more specific pieces of work with Hampshire County Council. Examples of this, might be advising on how information is presented, testing out a new website, sitting on a smaller working group to develop new policies or projects. We encourage members to get involved in what interests them, and that will be different for each individual.
Will I get support when I first join?
Members of the PEP are very friendly and welcoming, however we offer a range of support for people when they first join the PEP. You are encouraged to come along to a meeting just to get a feel for how it works and what issues get discussed. We will then suggest you meet up with one or two of the PEP members to go through a short induction process. This will give you more information on the PEP, familiarise yourself with some of the jargon we use, and give you time to ask any questions you may have. We will also check whether you need any information in another format, such as in large print, easy read or in audio format. Some people also like to have a PEP mentor for the first few meetings who they can ask questions of. Other support is available on request.
Are meetings public?
The PEP aims to be open and transparent. We are funded by Hampshire County Council, however the PEP is facilitated by SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living, a Disabled People’s organisation. The PEP was founded by a range of service users and carers in 2008, and we set the agenda and decide who to invite to meetings. Recently, members of the PEP have invited members of local health services to meetings to discuss the integration of health and social care.
All our agendas and minutes of our meetings are available on this website.
How do I find out more information?
Please contact the PEP chair, Robert Droy, by email at Where Can I Buy Phentermine Cheap or Call SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living on 02380 330 982 and ask to leave a message.