Involvement at Hft
True involvement means providing opportunities to recognise and grow people’s capabilities, and actively support them to put these skills to use in their lives.
That’s why Hft has developed ‘Voices to be Heard’; forums recognised and valued across the whole organisation. Our Voices to be Heard group was formed in 2014 when the Speak Out groups from both the heritage Self Unlimited and Hft parts of our organisation came together. The group advises Hft on what needs to be changed and has worked on specific projects requested by the management team, aiding the development of Hft.
Since the merger of the involvement groups, two national meetings have already been held and a ‘Guide’ to Voices to be Heard that explains what the group is for and what members can achieve has been published.
Every Hft region has at least one Voices to be Heard group and each of these elect representatives to attend Divisional meetings. One representative from each Divisional meeting is then also nominated to attend the National meetings and in this way everyone supported by Hft has a voice which is heard by the Operations Directors when they meet twice a year.
Recent achievements for the group include:
- Securing involvement of the people Hft supports in staff selection and recruitment
- Influencing improvement in communications
- Advising on a project focused on helping people who feel isolated
- Gaining involvement in staff training
Involvement benefits the people we support and aids the ongoing development of Hft as the support provider of choice for people with learning disabilities.
For further information on involvement and the Voices to be Heard group, please contact Cynthia Webb on 07741 009086 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.