Co-production at its best!
02 March 2016
The Action 4 All Partnership Board in Wokingham, which supports people with autism and their families, have received a £500 donation from the Rotary Club of Wokingham to embark on a new way of sharing information online.
In February 2015, a total of 18 organisations representing all statutory, voluntary and community sectors participated in a co-production meeting inspired by Brian Grady, Head of Commissioning at Wokingham Borough Council. The meeting was facilitated by involve (which brings together and supports community and voluntary groups active in Wokingham Borough and Bracknell Forest) to find innovative ways of engagement and information sharing.
The £500 donation will fund an online moderator role, creating a great opportunity for an individual with strong IT skills to utilise them in a positive way. Donna Morgans, who manages the Supported Employment Service at Optalis, said: "I would like to thank the multi-agency team that have made this initiative possible. This is a way for one of our clients to gain hands-on experience in a working environment opening up future opportunities for work supported by the employment service within Optalis."
ASD Family Help will undertake the employment role and Tom Chant from Become Digital will mentor the individual and supply a working environment to create and develop a website which will share vital information and links for families. Optalis, through their supported employment service, are providing support to both their client and the employer and involve have loaned a laptop to the project.
The Rotary Club foundation chair, Gerry Mortimore, said the club was delighted to assist in this innovative venture.
If you’d like to know more about how involve can help voluntary and community groups in the Wokingham Borough, please contact Clare Rebbeck at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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