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1 If we work together we can change services for the better, promoting choice and control over the way disabled people and carers live their lives. March   D e c e m b e r  

2 The Fusion Story Fusion as the ULO for Devon Successful bid for DPULO Facilitation Funds A DPULO for Devon : The Fusion Story

3 The Fusion Story In December 2007, LOD, Westbank and SURF successfully bid to the DH to become one of 12 Action and Learning ULO sites across England to model best practice.

4 Fusion is committed to user led services and the involvement of disabled people and carers at every level of the organisation and service provision.    2 A p r i l    We’re on the way... Fusion Launch ” “ User led means equal say ” The government has stated: “ by 2010 each locality should have a User Led Organisation (ULO) ” Devon’s ULO The Fusion Story

5 Expertise in physical and sensory disability Promoting peoples’ human rights Striving to become user-led Working with Men- cap Local carer support and information Carer break scheme Common Themes User-led in everything we do Diversity and inclusiveness Devon-based    J u l y    S e p t e m b e r       J u l y    S e p t e m b e r    Roadshows on the Road! Access auditing Disability awareness training The Fusion Story

6 Fusion: The ULO for Devon “ Fusion Consortium intends to build on existing links and networks to truly represent the needs of all local disabled people, carers, older people and other people who use support ”

7 We ARE the ULO for Devon...  Works from a social model of disability perspective  Promotes independent living  Promotes people’s human and other rights  Shaped and driven by service users  Peer support based  Covers all local disabled people and carers  Recognises carers have their own needs and requirements  Influencing and campaigning  Involving and influencing  Information and advice  Advocacy and peer support  Support in using direct payments and/or individual budgets  Disability equality training ‘We are much more than the sum of our parts’

8 July 2011 The Engagement Contract... Provides engagement opportunities and activities for older people, people with physical/sensory disabilities, those with mental health issues and learning disabilities, and carers. March 2012 Strategic approach Two way communication Single Telephone number Website Shared Database Fusion Gateway

9 The Structure of Fusion Fusion Network e.g. Devon Disability Network, Carers Link, Learning Disability Parliament etc. User-led Fusion Board Be Involved Devon, Westbank, Living Options Devon, Devon Link Up, Senior Council, Fusion Executive Committee Devon Link Up, Living Options Devon and Westbank

10 Our learning Relationships are key Influencing Strategy and Policy Co- production March 2012 Fusion representatives on Putting People First Theme Boards and Safeguarding Adults Board Service users and carers involved in Mystery Shopping Helped to write the Joint Engagement Strategy JEB representative on Health and Well Being Board Involve service users and carers in the training of social care staff and providing more services as required by local disabled people Expert panel and Fusion networks consultation feedback

11 Sharing Good Practice… 1Human Rights Toolkit written by and for people with Learning disabilities 2Ready for Business Toolkit for other ULO’s 3ULO Consortium toolkit so other disabled people and carers can also join together to form a Consortium 4Commissioned by Plymouth, Torbay and Gloucester councils to help their User Led Organisation March 2012

12 Strengthening DPULO Facilitation Fund Fusion’s successful bid Securing Fusion’s future through strategic planning, marketing and service user and carer training

13 What we will spend the money on Get more people involved through marketing Fusion Engagement Showcase – 20 th March Print leaflets/posters etc in accessible formats Service User/Carer Training so people are supported Training sessions includes carer/travel costs Write a Strategic Plan for Fusion Service users/carers to develop our future plans March 2012

14 Coming together Changing together Campaigning together In Summary “ User led means equal say” Fusion will consult with services users and carers, and ensure that they continue to lead and be “in control” of decisions made by Fusion Local solutions by Local people


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