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Empowering – knowing your rights and helping you take more control


Leadership can mean making more decisions about your support, along with staff who support you. Organisations and support staff must empower, or help, you do this. However, staff might not have worked this way before. You might need to empower them and you can do this by:

  • letting them know you want to work in partnership with them.
  • getting involved in staff training to develop their skills.

Watch and read other people’s stories here:

Find other resources to support you:

  • Charter for Involvement: showing how people who use services want to be involved.
  • Personal Assistant Employers Handbook: a handbook to support people who are thinking of employing a personal assistant.
  • Who Cares? Scotland an organisation providing a range of advocacy, advice and support services across Scotland for children and young people with experience of care.
  • Keys to Life this is a strategy with lots of ideas about to make the lives of people with learning disabilities better.
  • Our voice Our Voice's vision is that people who use health and care services, carers and the public can engage purposefully with health and social care providers to continuously improve and transform services.
  • Protected characteristics if you've been treated unfairly because of who you are, it may be unlawful discrimination. This section will help you find out if you're someone who mustn’t be discriminated against.

What Others Say

Being Involved – National Involvement Network

National Involvement Network members speak out about being involved and what it means to them.

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