The participation of adult service users, including older people, in developing social care

Structure - Economic and cultural barriers

Economic and cultural barriers

Broader issues, such as working in areas where poverty and deprivation have hindered the development of a thriving voluntary and community sector, a lack of trust between organisations and service users, and consultation fatigue can all act as barriers to participation (Beresford & Hoban, 2005).

I think the greatest changes are when you go to meetings which are not for [service users]. I think that is where we can influence the political agenda and we are not doing it under the banner of disabled people, maybe under equality or regeneration. (Service user)

See Practice Example for The Omnibus Partnership.

See Practice Examples for Alzheimer’s Society, Hafal, MS Society and Values into Action.

See Practice Examples for Exeter Senior Voice and Surrey Users Network.