It was great to find out that Dial West Cheshire are leading on the Experts by Experience project, as they are definitely the experts when it comes to diversity, disability and equality. In order to make this project work they are looking for people with Learning Disabilities or Autism or their Carers who have the necessary skills to join them in developing Learning Disability services across Cheshire West.
As you will be aware one of the roles of CVA is to help our member organisations promote their volunteering opportunities. Usually we upload opportunities onto our volunteering website www.volunteerwestcheshire.org.uk and encourage people to apply. However after I met Jeanette Dodd, who is coordinating the project, I realised that such an unusual and important role deserved its own blog.
What exactly will the Experts by Experience team of volunteers be doing? The main role is to support the Local Authority in improving the quality of services that are available for people with learning disabilities and/or autism by undertaking inspections of services such as supported living schemes, activities and support services.
If you are an Expert by Experience, or if you know of any experts who may be interested in becoming a Quality Monitor with DIAL West Cheshire, or you simply want to find out more about the project then please contact Jeanette Dodd directly