Swindon Local Involvement Network (LINk) is looking for three more people to join its steering group. Swindon LINk involves and engages local people in influencing how all-age health and adult social care services are planned and provided.
LINks are financed by the department of health through local social services authorities; Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) is contracted by Swindon Borough Council to support and develop the LINk. The VAS team works with a voluntary steering group of about 12 who make sure the LINk fulfils its wide ranging brief.
Val Vaughan, steering group chair, says "the group does exactly what its name implies. It’s a lot like being a trustee of a charitable organisation except that the Network is not ‘an organisation’ as such so the formal responsibilities and liabilities are much less onerous.
"Nevertheless", adds Jo Osorio from the VAS LINk team, "steering group members need to have a strategic view and understanding of health and social care matters and be willing to exercise leadership. We are very lucky to have a group with immense experience but we now need three more members".
The steering group meets monthly with other opportunities for involvement in between. Details of this voluntary role and a person specification are available from the LINk team at Voluntary Action Swindon. Email email@example.com or write to 1 John Street Swindon SN1 1RT or phone 497777
Any local person can register their interest to be a LINk participant and then their involvement can be as much or as little as they choose. The Network is currently made up of about 2000 individuals and local organisations and is continuing to grow as more people hear about it.
Pictured: LINk team members Jo Osorio, centre, James Brown and Gill Welsman-Clarke, with advisory group members, Joyce Bishop, front, Nazma Ramruttun, back