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In this edition of the newsletter, we bring you a round up of some great examples of organisations that have volunteered to sign up to Making it Real.

What is Making it Real?
Making it Real is a framework developed by the TLAP partnership, but very much led by members of the National Co-production Advisory Group, which is made up of people who use services and carers.

  • Making it Real is built around “I” statements. These express what people should expect if their care and support is truly personalised and integrated.
  • It is not a performance management tool. Instead It helps the sector take responsibility for change and publically share the progress being made on a voluntary basis.
  • Since its inception in 2011 over 900 organisations have signed up to using Making it Real and its value and relevance has been highlighted as good practice in the Care Act Guidance.  
Making it Real
Fashionable buzzwords, aspirational slogans?
I was initially sceptical about the role of the Making It Real Board. What did 'Making It Real' really mean? Were 'personalisation', 'co-production' and 'Think local act personal' anything more than fashionable buzzwords and aspirational slogans?

Read more from John Thomas, an Expert by Experience at Islington Council

Fashionable buzzwords, aspirational slogans?
We said, we did – final evaluation report from Islington Council
“The Making it Real programme has been a shared effort across social care and health.  Voluntary sector partners have been well represented on our Board and with our Experts by Experience at the heart of the programme, our approach is based on genuine co-production and power sharing at the most senior level”.

In case you missed it, Islington Council have published their final evaluation report of Making it Real. They also took the time to assess the wider impact of the programme with some positive findings. 


Genevieve Ileris, Islington Council tells us more.
Solihull Alzheimer’s Activity Group
“We have been where you are now and we would like to try and support you as you hear your diagnosis and share with you our experiences of living with dementia. We have all been given a diagnosis of dementia and we are hoping that our reflections may help you now”.

...and so begins the first paragraph of a letter from the Solihull Alzheimer’s Activity Group.

As part of their commitment to Making it Real, they encourage all relevant organisations to share the letter with anyone who has been diagnosed with dementia.

A big “thank you” to the activity group, partners and colleagues for helping to make this happen. 

Read the letter
A warts and all process that’s worth it
“If I’m really honest, it is always with a little nervous anticipation that I await the results of our annual Making it Real task group”.

Jodie AllenCawley, from Living Ambitions, discusses the process of using the Working Together for Change tool that helps get to the nub of embedding a person-centred culture for people with care and support needs. 

Read Jodie's blog
Can you help?
As a result of adopting Making it Real (MiR) has your organisation seen real change which has helped people lead better lives?

We are particularly interested in hearing examples of how MiR has encouraged creative and innovative approaches to supporting and working with older people and adults with mental health needs.

Deadline for case studies is 7th October.

Call for case studies
The Wigan Deal
“One of the great things about working with TLAP is that you get to hear about genuinely innovative work taking place across our sector.   You also get to speak to sector leaders who, despite the ongoing slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, remain enthused about the potential to transform outcomes”.

Stuart Cowley, Director of Adult Social Services in Wigan, is leading on the Wigan Deal for adult social care, which amongst other things involves learning and development in asset-based approaches for all its staff.   Caroline Speirs, Building Community Capacity Policy Advisor, went along for a taster. 

Read Caroline's blog
Care Act survey update
We’ve had a great response to our Care Act survey so far. Many thanks to all who helped promote it and who took part. With 551 participants, we're keen to keep up momentum. The closing dae is the 4th October. Please continue to spread the word, particulalry to people with care and support needs, as we've had good take up from carers. There is a £100 worth of shopping vouchers at stake!

TLAP Care Act survey for people with care and support needs, and carers
Building Community Capacity Practitioners Network meeting
Are you a provider, commissioner, policy maker, voluntary sector rep or person who uses services or carer?

Interested to find out more about New Care Models, Community Circles and other programmes for empowering people and communities.

We still have a limited number of places available at our next practitioners Network meeting.


Wednesday 28th September, between 12.30pm and 4.30pm, with lunch from 12.30pm to 1pm. 


 London, Coin Street


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