By Peter Beresford
This ebook bargains the 1st advent and functional consultant to expanding people's say and involvement of their lives, neighbourhood and providers. It attracts on a big research of tasks to contain and empower humans. It explores quite a lot of schemes throughout quite a few rules and companies, together with housing, well-being care, schooling, neighborhood improvement, social paintings and social companies. It additionally examines the underlying ideas, politics and philosophy of participation. It deals directions for participatory coverage and perform and a list for comparing and auditing citizen involvement.
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Or they'd say someone put us up to it! ' The argument that people are unrepresentative is one of those most often raised against their involvement. Representation poses some real problems, which we shall be looking at later. But it can also serve as a convenient excuse for continuing to Making Sense of Citizen Involvement 19 exclude people. In the past representation mainly meant speaking on someone else's behalf without too many questions being asked about your right to do so. Now when people are trying to speak for themselves, it has become a much more contentious issue.
Trying to do it well Start by being clear why you want to talk to people. '. Is this the only way of finding out? How does it fit in with the rest of the agency's operation? There are some ways of making information-gathering and consultation more effective we'd like to highlight now, although others will emerge during the course of this book. 1. Make it a positive experience There is no reason why giving your views should feel like a penance. The director of a major consultation project emphasised the importance of making it enjoyable: 'We try and make consultations with carers pleasant and practical occasions, with clear start and end times.
He said there wasn't much demand for things for children. But they've let the park go to ruin. There aren't the things for children any more. They haven't filled the paddling pool for two years. So fewer and fewer families bring their children there and there are more and more people bringing their dogs. ' Consulting some people can show the importance of consulting others. 'Recently we've set up a couple of posts to consult with parents. We closed down a hostel after consultation with people with learning difficulties and parents involved.