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Leeds Involving People represents the independent voice of people through the promotion of effective involvement. We involve the community in the development of health and social care services by ensuring their opinions and concerns are at the centre of decision making processes.
We do this by promoting best practice in involvement and by ensuring we use methods that are appropriate, accessible and responsive to the needs of individuals and communities. We also support individuals and organisations to become ‘involvement ready’ so they can work in partnership with public bodies to shape, improve and co-design services.
‘Involvement ready’ is a term we use to describe individuals who have become empowered to attend meetings and events where they have the confidence to speak in front of others about their views and experience in a professional manner. We also support organisations to effectively involve their services users to become ‘involvement ready’.
LIP began under its former name – Leeds Involvement Project in 1994, and was established to support service user and carer involvement in planning community care services.
LIP was set up to promote the representation of service users and carers in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services; to advise statutory and other agencies on the development of policy and good practice on user and carer involvement, in order to improve the conditions of life for the residents of Leeds.
LIP’s priority is around building a strong membership base representing a diverse range of adult users and carers, across all ages, disabilities, gender, race, ethnicity, faith and sexuality so it is in a good position to represent and advise on good practice as “experts by experience”.