Nexus involves those who use older people’s mental health services and their carers to have say in the way that those services are planned, run and developed.
Involvement by service users and carers means services become more suited to the needs of those who use them and, by implication, make them more successful. It also shows their views are important and are acted upon. We are also interested in what past carers have to say.
Benefits to you personally include: making a difference for yourself and others in the future, gaining an understanding of services, building confidence in speaking out, giving something back, getting a sense of ‘camaraderie’ and making new friends with other service users and carers.
Nexus is here to help co-ordinate and support you to do this. Whatever you can do, big or small, can be used.
“Nexus provides us with opportunities to engage with/speak to/confront statutory organisations – their management, their planners, their operational team leaders, and their front line workers – and offer support, criticism, ideas without fear of the consequences.”
“They have convinced carers that they have a voice and encourage them to use it and provide the support carers need to enable them to do this”.
“Nexus’ independence allows freedom of thought and speech – it empowers individuals to verbalise their thoughts. It allows things to be said that might otherwise not be. It enables carers to speak out on behalf of the ones they care for – the ones that they love.”
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