What can I get from participation?

Some of the potential benefits for yourself are highlighted below:

 - To learn transferable skills that can be added up your CV.

- The opportunity to meet new residents in your community.

- To gain confidence in expressing your views in public spaces.

- To increase the LA, NHS organisations and institutional stakeholders’ awareness of issues that may not have been considered yet.

- The opportunity to help your community to identify issues and find solutions that are important to you.

 - To gain an understanding of how change happens.

· Will I get paid?

We really value residents work and it is our policy at the NHS that residents should be adequately rewarded for it. Expenses and INVOLVE fees will be paid for contributions to activities. However, we recognise that some volunteers may not wish to be paid for reasons of their own, and others may prefer to donate what is offered to a charity. A confidential service is available to offer personal advice and support on how receiving fess might affect people in receipt of state benefits. Contact INVOLVE by email at benefits@invo.org.uk or phone: 02380 651088 for more information. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking on the phone speak with your local Coren Facilitator and s/he will be able to help (more information in the CLAHRC NWC Public Advisers welcome pack).

· What are the benefits for my community in being involved with this project?

- The opportunity to make your community a better place to live

- The opportunity to help the LA identify priorities for issues that are based on local residents’ needs.

- The opportunity to influence the LA in developing solutions that work well for the community based on residents’ knowledge and experience.

- The opportunity to promote co-operation by teaming up with different stakeholders.

· Are resources produced by CLAHRC NWC free to use?

Yes. In discussions with COREN agencies and LA, CLAHRC is preparing a ‘pilot’ Resource Pack for the communities. Likely contents include: Training available; potential opportunities for residents; data resources; Neighbourhood Profiles and Short Profiles; information on Evidence Reviews; Power-point presentations developed for meetings and workshops, as well as materials from the Public Advisor Reference Pack.

· Where can we access them?

An electronic version of the pack is being produced and will be uploaded at the website of CLAHRC NWC. A printed copy could be accessed from your local COREN agency.