Your Health Matters
The Your Health Matters project is a partnership between people with learning disabilities and our Trust.
The project aims to:
- look at what people can do to stay healthy
- find easy ways of telling people about staying healthy
- help people to use this information to make healthy choices.
The work of the project is based on the four themes of Eat Well, Be Active, Stay Well and Get Checked Out.
Project members get involved in activities that encourage and support them to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The project lets other people know about being healthy and what members have learned by helping to develop resources that they share using the project website and social media.
Your Health Matters do work for lots of different people and groups who ask them to help them. This is usually about things such as:
- making things easier to read or to understand
- how to be healthier
- providing a better service for people with learning disabilities.
Service user involvement
People with learning disabilities should be fully involved in decisions that are important to them. This might mean having a say about your own care, or the services that you use.
Our Learning Disability Service has a dedicated Involvement Team to promote service user involvement which also hosts the easy on the i information design service and Your Health Matters project.
Our Involvement Team makes sure service users have the chance to get involved in:
- making sure our information is easy to understand
- checking that our services are very good
- making changes to the service
- choosing the people who work for them
- training the people who work for them.
The team do this by making sure that people:
- get good information about the service
- can tell us what they think
- can make decisions about what the service will do.
The Involvement Team does this by:
- working with service users to make sure that our information is easy to understand
- running groups, holding meetings, and hosting events so that we can ask service users for their views, and to help us make decisions
- working with other groups of people with learning disabilities in Leeds
- holding meetings to make sure that everybody has the chance to come and have their say
- using person-centred approaches and multi-media profiling to give people control over the care they choose
- involving service users in choosing staff for every part of the service.
If you would like more information about getting involved as a service user or carer and helping to shape our learning disability services, please contact John Burley, Service User Involvement Facilitator by calling 0113 85 50530 or email: email@example.com.
Alternatively, you can write to John at:
Learning Disability Service
5 Woodland Square
St Mary’s Hospital