If Group Bristol attending Fulfilling Lives York Conference

IF Group Bristol at UK Fulfilling Lives event in York

Wow! The Fulfilling Lives meeting in York shows exactly how big the project/programme around the Golden Key project is across the United Kingdom. Over seventy-four people are attending – and these are just the representatives of each local group from the 12 regions involved in the project. All of us have just one thing in mind: Change!

There is an atmosphere of caring and sharing in the room, we all know how important the work we are doing is. It effects the lives of so many people suffering from issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health illness and offending behaviours. Every client has a family and friends who share in their struggles.

For possibly the first time, service-users are being asked to help design the services they are using or have used. There is no doubt that these people can really understand what works and what doesn’t. This is information that service providers need to understand and use to guide their thinking.

There can be little doubt that this is a landmark change in the way services are designed, created and delivered in the United Kingdom and we are proud to be part of the delivery in Bristol. The old ways didn’t work for society, for families or for the individuals using the services as they have been made available.

Now we can can start looking to build services from the bottom up and create supportive environments which serve those who we are trying to help.