Whose Shoes? … Karen Kidd, Chair of service user group in Leicestershire

Karen Kidd – Chair of Force 4 Change  VIDEO INTERVIEW

In true Whose Shoes? style, I am starting a series of posts looking at issues of personalisation from different people’s perspectives within health and social care, focusing on “Making it Real”….

An excellent starting point is the exciting Whose Shoes? workshop we held with user-led organisation Force 4 Change in Leicestershire last Saturday. On a snowy afternoon, the room buzzed as service users used Whose Shoes? to help them tease through the key issues of personalisation – what is really working well and what more needs to happen to “make it real” for them?

We were joined by a wide range of people who had all volunteered to come along to participate, listen and learn:

  • Helen Turner, Community Catalysts, is running the Empowering People Innovation Challenge with Leicestershire County Council
  • Frankie Hine-Hughes is Project Manager for co-production enablers Governance International
  • Dorothy Hall is a highly experienced independent social worker and skilled facilitator
  • Anna Geyer, New Possibilities,  records conversations in her unique, wonderful graphics
  •      and me… Gill Phillips, well I live and breathe Whose Shoes? ….

Anna captures the issues raised

We also had sincere apologies from the Programme Manager, Commissioning and Engagement, at LCC who was unable to attend on the day but is following events with keen interest….

All of these people and more are invited to submit “guest blogs” to make it a really lively series, building the whole picture as we go.

So, first up, we have an interview with Karen Kidd, Chair of the group filmed immediately after the session. It was totally unrehearsed – indeed, as you will see, it was “snatched” as Karen’s taxi was waiting, but the eloquence comes through in the palpable fact that these issues are the lived experience of real people and the response comes from the heart…

Karen Kidd – Chair of Force 4 Change  VIDEO INTERVIEW

About Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?

Passionate about personalisation in health & social care. Creator of Whose Shoes? - an imaginative approach to helping people work together to improve lives. http://nutshellcomms.co.uk
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