The Public Health Agency (PHA) has worked with service user and carer representatives to set up a bursary scheme to support service users and carers involved in strategic programmes of work with Health and Social Care (HSC). The scheme aims to help develop your knowledge and skills for participation in Involvement work.
The bursary scheme is open to service users and carers who are based in Northern Ireland and engaged with a Health and Social Care organisation. A total of £10,000 has been allocated to the bursary. The maximum amount per participant is £750 with only one application per individual per financial year (April 2018 – March 2019).
The following organisations provide training to support involvement in a range of different subjects:
• Eventbrite provides a search function to allow you to search for events in various locations. Use the search term ‘involvement and health and social care’ to help tailor your search here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
• The King’s Fund hosts a number of events in various subject areas relating to health and social care
find out more at https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/events
• Social Care Institute for Excellence provides access to a number of training programmes relating to health and social care. Find out more here https://www.scie.org.uk/
• Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) – supporting and representing voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland, available at http://www.nicva.org/
• Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) – Working to empower communities and tackle health inequalities using community development, available at https://www.cdhn.org/