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Support to take part

We know that many people want to be involved in shaping the systems and services that affect their lives, to use their experience to make things better. However, our studies have shown that it can be often be difficult to get involved. Perhaps you’ve struggled to find the right opportunities to share your lived experience, or you’ve found it hard to get your access needs taken seriously. Maybe you’ve been asked to do things you have no experience in, or you’ve felt that your views have been heard but not acted upon.

So where do you start? How do you find opportunities? And how do you make sure your access and support needs will be met?

My Involvement Profile

My Involvement Profile will help you to communicate your expertise, skills and access requirements to involvement organisers, in an accessible and easy-to-action way. It will help organisations make events and activities accessible and inclusive.

Each section has help notes to assist in completing it.

Contact us to find out more and request My Involvement Profile

We recommend keeping this record of your access and support needs, and giving it to the organiser of any involvement activity before it begins. Otherwise we know that assumptions are made and people can be disadvantaged. Get in touch now to get support with this.

Find opportunities to share your lived experience

Our Involvement Opportunities Board advertises engagement, involvement, co-production and research opportunities for people who want to have a say and influence in health and social care. We also promote events that are inclusive of service user involvement.

Visit our Involvement Opportunities Board

If you are looking to advertise an involvement activity or an event that welcomes service user attendees, please contact us.

Contact us to advertise on the Involvement Opportunities Board

Note about terms – Shaping Our Lives uses the term ‘service users’ because our members preferred it and worked together to explain what being a service user means to them. We recognize that some people prefer other descriptions such as having ‘lived experience’ or Experts by Experience. Our work and approach are inclusive of all people who experience health and care inequalities because of their identities. Read more about our definitions and meanings.