Accord member Gary Stark takes part in national review of engagement work

Good News – In May the national NHS Learning Disability & Autism Engagement Team (NHS England), asked Inclusion North to select a panel of 6 people from across the North to peer review the work so far carried out by the Engagement Team. Inclusion North (Independent Learning Disability Advocacy Service for the North) chose me, Gary Stark

A great local service for local people - Diane Edmonds

As a volunteer representing the public it’s good to be helping promote a really useful asset for people in North East Lincolnshire: the Single Point of Access (or SPA).  This service has come about through conjoining health, social and well-being advice services for adults and can assist with any queries that you might have relating to

Keeping it real – how the community is helping to develop better services for women and children

Local people here in North East Lincolnshire are involved in decision-making about health and social care every step of the way. Future services are planned by teams led by three key people: a clinician who specialises in the field, a service lead from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a volunteer from the Community Forum, which

The Challenge of Being a Young Carer

Taking care of a family member or friend or needing that sort of support yourself is extremely tough at times, especially when you’re a young person facing the other challenges that people your age encounter. To make things more complicated, the law has changed recently in relation to the support that carers and people who need regular care

How Equality and Diversity helps healthcare in North East Lincolnshire

How Equality & Diversity helps healthcare in North East Lincolnshire Putting Equality & Diversity into practice is – by its definition – very diverse. It’s so much more than the tick box form you may fill in when you complete an application for a new job. Within North East Lincolnshire CCG, it’s about how we ensure all

“The best thing…ever”

In my role as a volunteer I work with a Health Service Manager and a GP helping to improve life for those with disabilities and mental health needs. I’m there to represent the views of the public and 2014 has been a good year for us, I’ve been involved from start to finish in some very worthwhile projects. We have, at very low cost to

Understanding depression and mental health

Understanding depression and mental health We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell. Mental health is equally as important as physical health, and together we want to overcome the stigma around it, and make it easier for those suffering with

Love Your Liver

Now that the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over I think it’s always a good time for everyone to have a look at their lifestyle and take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing by making small changes that can lead to a healthier, happier life. January is ‘Love your liver’ month, a national campaign carried