Join the Family Matters group - Avenues Group
30 - 1993-2023

Join the Family Matters group

We are inviting families to join a new group and help us keep improving our services.

 

Email us to find out more about joining the group

Our relationships with families play an essential part in building great support for people.

But we also recognise the value families can add to the wider decisions Avenues makes as an organisation, that affect everyone of the 600+ people we support, and their families.

That’s why we are inviting people to join our Family Matters group. The coproduction and consultation group has been set up to make sure that family perspectives are at the heart of our plans.

The group is open to all family members who want to be involved, including brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

And we know that for the people we support, ‘family’ doesn’t always mean blood relatives. It can often mean the person they’re closest to, maybe a friend or a guardian. We welcome the involvement of everyone who has this close connection to the people we work with.

There are two ways to be involved:

Main group:

  • represents all families to look at our services as a whole, rather than just the service where their loved one lives
  • meets four times a year, with the option of attending in person or over a video call
  • is a mix of families and Avenues employees, with an independent chair who has lived experience as the parent of a disabled child
  • is open to all family members

Consultation group:

  • represents all families to look at our services as a whole, rather than just the service where their love one lives
  • responds to the findings of the main group and gives feedback to develop ideas and decisions – and challenge!
  • communication will be through email and online methods. No physical attendance at meetings is needed
  • is open to all family members

“As a parent of a child still at a special needs school,  I particularly value communication and transparency. Having a forum which allows communication between the parents and advocates of people using Avenues services is hugely valuable for both sides.”
Ros Wiltshire, Chair of the Family Matters group

To join either group, or find out more, email cressida.rapela@avenuesgroup.org.uk