All Change Please!

Inspirit have now left the lovely office at the Ethical Property Green House in Bethnal Green. The everchanging fortunes of small charities mean we have to be responsive to new situations. Covid has taken a toll and with the end of the PPP project, we are moving to smaller but more flexible premises. In truth, Inspirit has been looking for a new ‘spiritual home’ since our exceptional ‘Temple Yard’ days. I’m hopeful that we just might have found it. We have a strong relationship with Haringey and have been working with service users there in various ways since 2014 (earlier if you include training some of their workforce through the NVQ then Diploma courses). Our Director of Development has been in negotiation with Friends of Chapman’s Green and Haringey Parks department to take on a new premises as our base office and centre of operations. We are hoping to share it with at least one other community group but it is early days, and there is work to be done in the building. Watch this space for new information!

Learning for life

Inspirit is currently working with Fulfilling Lives in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. We have been training a group of people with lived experience to be community partners. Their roles are varied but the prime purpose is to work with other service users or local partners to develop systems with better outcomes for marginalised service users. One of the most wonderful aspects to this work is the group’s absolute commitment to learning and development, all in the service of being the best that they can be. They are now glowing with confidence and self-awareness. No defence, just pure curiosity, exploration, practice and dialogue.

 

Now we are about to embark on another journey with newly recruited Experts by Experience who will act as consultants for the wider objective of system change. It’s been a long time coming!

Goodbye PPP

Goodbye PPP team
The Last Supper

On 15 December 2021 the fabulous PPP team got together for the last time. This wonderful bunch of humans who have demonstrated remarkable commitment to amplifying the voices of those marginalised by the criminal justice system are going their separate ways. The Health and Justice team at NHSE/I London decided to select none of the applicants for the new Patient and Public Voice contract. Instead they are revising the ‘spec’ in the light of Covid 19. This was, of course, a huge disappointment to our tireless representatives.

We were lucky that our planned celebration of their generosity was just before the London lockdown. (unlike the date planned for the staff ending – which to our dismay has still not happened, watch this space – if we are ever allowed to mix households again, we will still make that happen!)

By group consensus we agreed to go to Wagamama, which always has something for everyone. Sadly one of our members was stuck in South Africa for the covid duration, and our own illustrious Mark unavoidably elsewhere. Despite this we made the best of it and managed to laugh and cry the night away. I know I’ll get to work with these stellar individuals again, but for now, this is the end of an era.

 

 

PPP Recruitment August 2020

The PPP team are recruiting!! The London Health and Justice Patient and Public Participation Subgroup are looking for new members. Have you or your family members had experience of healthcare (or lack of it) in a justice setting?? – then talk to us. You may be financially rewarded for your time and you get to be involved in some important and interesting projects that benefit people who need care in the justice settings – such as helping decide what future services look like and who delivers them, supporting changes in the response to mental health issues or substance misuse when picked up by the police (Liaison and Diversion Services) and much more…

Contact a.todd@inspirit-training.org.uk for more information or to express interest

Haringey Strategic Coproduction

Inspirit has been commissioned by Sarah Hart, Senior Public Health Commissioner, Haringey, to support the development of a service user led strategic group. The aim of the group is to support commissioning and the strategic development of substance misuse services in Haringey. Inspirit’s role is to recruit a small group, train them and support them to co-produce their own operating processes until they feel robust enough to work independently.

This is very exciting and those involved have been enthusiastically included by commissioners in the response to covid-19. Inspirit are currently supporting the new group to develop a peer research project regarding the recent loss of a well-liked user led community service in Haringey.. The results will be published here.

Friday Night Alternative

The Friday Night Alternative or “effenay” as it is more affectionately known, is an initiative that aims to give people with ongoing substance misuse issues, an alternative way to experience what we know to be ‘trigger points’. Since Friday’s are for many, the start of the weekend, it is a day commonly associated with euphoria as people break from work and other similar commitments. However, it may also be one of sadness as those with broken family ties and other kinds of personal traumas are brought back to those realities. FNA is a way we can challenge long-held and divisive ideas connected to self-worth by engaging participants in activities they may not have previously considered, or had the opportunity to partake in but which they can now use to redefine how they live their lives.

Inspirit is grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this project.