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Service user involvement

User involvement allows user's opinions to be voiced, listened to, and acted upon.

Nothing about us without us!

Service providers

Service provider’s want and need feedback on the services they offer so they can become more responsive to the people who use them (users, clients, and customers). Improved communication between users and services enables services to adapt to trends and changes. It is also important that providers consult with those not using services in order to establish the reason for this. If you are asked to respond to a questionnaire by your treatment provider try to take the time to answer the questions, be honest, fair and as specific about problems as you can be.  

User Groups

Planners and buyers of drug services from the government, regional bodies, local DATs and service providers are requested to consult with users. An effective user led organisation can be a powerful body.

It can:

  • Campaign for change
  • Represent the views of local users
  • Be user focused and can empathise with users
  • Provide a ground level information and advice for users
  • Provide peer led services

(Services run for users by users/ex users) Relapse prevention workshops, Peer Led advocacy, Harm Reduction Groups, Women's user led support groups, possibilities are endless.


 Here are some of the benefits which users can expect:

  • More users will get to know that they have rights and what they are
  • They will see better quality services
  • They can become fully involved in planning their own care and so receive better treatment tailored to personal need
  • They will have greater access to advocacy services
  • They can make changes that will benefit others
  • They will achieve personal development

Do you have skills you want to share? 

Follow the link to the hiwecanhelp Flicker photo workshop & photo sharing page, what can you add?

Where can I access a camera? 

If you would like to start taking photos but don’t have access to a camera right away it a good idea to get a simple disposable one to start with.  The disposal has come a long way and can take some decent shots. If you are going to give photography a go with one of there don’t expect a miracle, follow these steps to get the best from a cheap bit of kit, 

Take your photos in good light 

Try not to shoot too far away from your subject 

Keep as still as you can when taking the shot

If you enjoy this outing with the camera ask your local drug treatment service if they are running day programmes that could start a course.  If the service has a stock of cameras you can take part and use the hi flicker site to prompt learning.  

Cameras come in all shapes and sizes and can cost anything from £15 to £5,000 and more.  If your camera has more than 5 mega pixels it should be good enough to enlarge the photo to a decent size and quality.  

If you want to gain more skills, support or need some help to get a project off the ground contact 

Enjoy what you do. 



Roweena Russell, E: , T: 079 57 57 6305
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