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Council offers chance to help shape adult social care

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PEOPLE who draw on adult social care support in Leicester are being asked to help the city council to improve the way its services are designed and delivered.

The council’s social care and education department has signed up to a national scheme called Making it Real, which sets out what good adult social care should look like.

It’s now looking for more people to join its Making it Real group, to work in partnership with council staff to advise, support and challenge them on the way services are and should be provided. This is called co-production, which is a key part of the Making it Real framework.

Ruth Lake, director of adult social care and safeguarding said: “We’d love to hear from people who want to work with us to make a positive contribution to the development of our adult social care service. Group members don’t need any professional qualifications, just experience of social care in Leicester.

“They will need to be willing to take part in meetings, workshops and training sessions, and to commit some time to working with us between meetings. In doing so they will be able to make a huge difference to how we improve services in Leicester.”

Nirmala Jivan draws on support in Leicester and is a member of the Making it Real group. She said: “Being part of the making it real group helps me to relax, knowing I can trust adult social care to listen to me and people like me.”

Co-producing has already led to improvements in application forms for services, and in helping to find out how adult social care can help people with the things that are important to them.

Anyone who would like to find out more about Making it Real or joining the group can email the adult social care team at