We worked with Tom Skinner from Age UK Oxfordshire on another film. This film shows some of our older family carers talking about the benefits of supported living and the difference it has made to all their lives.
This year Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN) ran a series of workshops around the county to explore, debate and create solutions for families supporting adults with learning disabilities, especially older families.
Read the first Embolden Newsletter December 2016
The Embolden Project (funded by Comic Relief) asked carers:
- What are health and social care services planning for the immediate future – and how will it affect you?
- How do we protect and plan for the long-term future of our loved ones when public services face hard times?
- Do we need older family policies?
- How do we change services to meet the needs of older people with learning disabilities?
The aim of the project is to give a strong voice to family carers and to influence and hold decision makers to account within health and social care services.
OxFSN will schedule more Embolden events and workshops in 2017.
Family carers at the “Meet the Decision Makers” event in November 2016
A new report commissioned by Healthwatch Oxfordshire and delivered by the Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN) sheds light on the difficulties faced by families seeking appropriate care and support for loved ones with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs or challenging behaviours.
The report highlights the failures in respect of the current system in Oxfordshire and calls on local commissioners to work with families and service users to create services which meet their needs by working with them as ‘experts by experience’.
To read the full report please click on the link here,
Further information is also available by following the link to Healthwatch Oxfordshire.