The Include Champions Group is a lived experience consultancy team, generating ideas, feedback and free accessible resources on important topics. Between us, group members have real world experience in of learning disabilities, autism and other communication needs.
Our latest FREE Easy Read resource is about Co-production. It helps to explain what Co-production is and why Include puts it at the heart of everything the charity does.
An audio version is on SoundCloud
Our dedicated Champions Group members meet every week via Zoom, and there is always something important to discuss, analyse and provide feedback on.
Last week we had an invite from Lloyds Bank seeking the input of people with additional needs. This is so the bank can try to design their services with everyone in mind.
We had a special guest on the Champions Group Zoom session last week – Cathy Wood who has joined Include’s Board of Trustees. She said:
“I was delighted to hear that Lloyds Bank are inviting Include members to provide feedback as experts by experience of what it is like to use their services with a communication need.”Cathy W – Trustee of Include.org
Philip from the Include Champions Group said this;
“It makes us feel happy that they want our help. I’ll feel like I’ve achieved something and the bank is being helpful by asking us.”
Philip – Include Champion
We can help others
The Champions can teach services about their experiences and what helps them to communicate well.
For example, the Champions Group help design training for health professionals, to help them understand how to support people with communication needs in hospital.
The Champions can also help to check documents to make sure they are accessible. For example, the Champions worked with The Samaritans to make sure their flyer was easy to understand.
Trustee Cathy sums up:“It was great to get more insight into the important work that The Include Champions Group does. Ensuring everyone has a clear idea of what Co-production is, and why it is important is such a valuable piece of work. We hope many organisations and individuals will make use of this Easy Read explainer.”
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you might like some help from The Include Champions Group.
Inclusive Communications Manager