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NECG Response to RR3 consultation on substance misuse services in the criminal justice system

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On the 11th October two NECG members attended the RR3 roundtable on substance misuse services in the criminal justice system (please refer to earlier post). On the 7th December the quarterly NECG meeting decided to respond to the same consultation en-masse.  As a result individuals with lived experience from the 12 Fulfilling Lives areas were able to contribute to this important consultation. The response submitted to the Clinks can be found here: RR3 Response V0.1.  

Being the Story

Being the Story is a one day event delivered by sounddelivery. The day hosts a collection of inspirational speakers who have experienced trauma or difficulties in their lives and used that experience to provide positive outcomes either for themselves or others. The day provides NECG members with an opportunity to observe different ways to deliver their personal stories in order to create positive impacts and change – this can be through storytelling, song, poetry, art, photography or any manner of creativeRead More …

Addressing key crime trends and improving police performance

On the 19th October two members of the NECG, accompanied by the group facilitator, attended the Policy Forum for London’s event on Crime and Policing in London – next steps for crime prevention, addressing key crime trends and improving police performance. The event had a number of high profile speakers presenting on a cross-section of crime and policing subjects, however those most relevant to the NECG were those outlining the policy and strategy background: Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for PolicingRead More …

Bradley Report Group

Theresa Tainton

On 20th March the NECG were invited to the Royal College of Nurses to hear a review of the Bradley Report. Click here for more information. The Bradley Report is a report and list of recommendations looking at the criminal system and how it looks after offenders with mental health and learning difficulties from early intervention and first contact with police through to prison discharge and resettlement. Myself, Pete from Nottingham IF group and Sarah from CFE attended for the NECGRead More …

Why women with multiple needs don’t engage with services

Colette Cronshaw is one of the founding members of Women’s Voices in Inspiring Change Manchester. Women’s Voices is a group of dynamic women with lived experience who want to speak out about their experiences and work to change women’s lives for the better. They come together to get stuff done in a way that supports and respect each other. They’ve had different experiences, come from different backgrounds and are at different stages of their journey but want other women to join them, supportRead More …

My Year as NECG Lead for Expert Citizens, Stoke

Theresa Tainton

From January 2016 to February 2017 I was the lead for Stoke for the National Expert Citizens Group. I attended five conferences in this period with different members of the Stoke group joining me. I’ve had a brilliant time seeing the different areas and made some good friends in the process. Being involved with the national experts I’ve had some fantastic opportunities the highlight of which was when I spoke at the CFE Evaluation conference about stigma and received aRead More …

Engaging The LGBT Community

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In order to gain a perspective of severe and multiple disadvantage, from LGBT point of lived experience. We had to connect feedback from The Manchester LGBT Core Group, to members of The LGBT NECG Core Group. In Greater Manchester we have heard many experiences of LGBT asylum seekers. Who have come to the UK, fleeing persecution,imprisonment and death. Leaving behind every connection to who they are as a person, then having to prove they are LGBT, or face deportation. TheRead More …

Developing actions together: reflections on a National Expert Citizens’ Group Workshop

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On Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November 2016 CFE facilitated a two day workshop for the National Expert Citizens’ Group (NECG). The NECG is a group of individuals with lived experience of multiple needs; the group is formed by representatives from each of the 12 funded Fulfilling Lives project areas. The Monday was a training and planning day for the experts by experience. The day focused on training delegates to chair meetings/events and facilitate workshops at events. It was anRead More …

Home Office asks National Expert Citizen Group for user experience in National Drug Strategy

I am part of the National Expert Citizens Group (NECG). This is a group which draws people from all twelve Fulfilling Lives areas together to learn and try to influence on issues which are important to us. We all bring our own skills and expertise but the one thing that we have in common is that we all have lived experience of multiple needs. On Friday 29th January we came together in Stoke-on-Trent to meet with Home Office representatives andRead More …