We know that first-hand knowledge and experience is necessary to ensure what we are creating is going to work. We’ve found our partnerships with people with lived experience are highly effective and it is now a critical element in everything we do.
Whilst we are continually working on how to do it better, we think we’re pretty good at involving people with lived experience and are keen to share the strategies we’ve found so effective by making them available on this page.
Watch our video below on involving people with lived experience (often referred to as consumers and carers) in your work.
Start by being organised and develop policies, checklists and guidelines. COPMI have a number of checklists and policies to involve people with lived experience (often referred to as consumers and carers).
By sharing stories about their participation experiences, people with lived experience (and those organisations working with them) provide valuable information, guidance and advice to other organisations, consumers and carers.
We are capturing stories of ‘consumer and carer participation' on a prepared template and would love to hear your story!
*Please remember to acknowledge and respect other’s intellectual property where it features in your story.
Whether you want to create a new group, make an existing one stronger, or raise the profile of consumers and carers through the media, the following links are sure to help.
Youth participation allows young people to have a role in an organisation where their opinions are valued. The following AICAFMHA report and fact sheets are targeted towards youth participation:
The Commissioner for Children and Young People in WA has developed Participation Guidelines for Involving Children and Young People.