Social care and health

Help make social care better

Islington is committed to making sure that its services are of good quality and meet the needs of its residents.

Join the Adult Social Care Involvement Network 

We believe that people have a right to have their say, to enjoy choice and control, and to share in decision making about their services.

The Adult Social Care Involvement Network (ASCIN) is free to join and open to people who use social care services in Islington, or care for someone that does. As a member, you can help Islington Council to improve social care service based on your experience of using them.

There are lots of different ways that you can get involved, so you can take part as little or often as you feel able to. Some of the activities take place around the borough and some you can take part in by post or email from home. Here are some examples:

  • Attend events, or help us to plan and run events
  • Take part in meetings and groups that give feedback or oversee projects
  • Help us to improve information that we send out to people
  • Take part in consultations or research about how well services are doing
  • Help to design and deliver training for staff or other people who use services
  • Help us recruit people to jobs where good relationships with people are important
  • Help us to buy or shape new services

We also offer training and support to help you get the most out of taking part.

More information and how to join 

To find out more, to discuss your access needs or to join, please email or telephone 020 7527 8157. You can also download the registration form (from the Related Documents section below) and return it to us by post or email. Our contact details are on the form.

Our User Involvement Strategy and Standards for Involvement also provide further information on involvement in social care services in Islington and can be found in the Related Documents section below.

Other ways to get involved  

There are also independent organisations and groups in Islington that work with the council to improve health and social care services. These include:

  • Healthwatch Islington ensures that health and social care services meet the needs of local people
  • Islington Personal Budgets Network is a peer support network for people who use personal budgets or direct payments for health and social care. You can also follow them on Twitter

  • IBUG represents people who use mental health services
  • Mental wellbeing champions raise awareness of mental health, challenge stigma and also make a difference in the community

  • ICDAS represents clients of drug and alcohol services in Islington
  • Elfrida speaks up for people with learning disabilities

  • The Family Carers Reference Group represents family carers of people with learning disabilities. For more information contact Centre 404
  • Carers Pathway Group represents carers of disabled and older people
  • Bilingual health advocates help ensure that everyone can access local services and improve their health

  • Islington Pensioners Forum speaks up for pensioners in Islington

  • Dementia Friends help to support people with dementia to continue living their lives in their own homes and familiar places

Making it Real

Making it Real was a major programme to co-produce a personalised approach to social care, in partnership with people who use our services. The 'Making it Real Final Evaluation Report 2016' can be found under ‘useful documents’ at the bottom of this page.

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