Use your lived experience

Two women walking and talking We are lucky to have so many people who use their lived experience to help us to improve services. This includes service users, carers, volunteers and paid members of staff.

Some people give lots of their time, some just a little every month or as a one-off. Each and every one helps us to understand how it feels to receive care within our services. This helps us to see what makes the biggest difference to people’s lives.

There are lots of ways you can use your lived experience as a service user or carer. It’s about working in together to improve services, improve our culture and improve people’s lives.

You could:

  • Become a member so that you hear about what opportunities we have coming up
  • Get involved by coming along to the engagement events we hold when we want to talk to service users, carers, families and the public about how our services are changing
  • Become an Involvement volunteer
  • Take up any of our volunteering roles (these don’t require lived experience, but it can be very helpful)
  • Train to be a peer support worker
  • Attend a course at our Recovery College
  • Take part in research
  • Have a look at our NHS Jobs pages. We are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the community we serve and our service users. The Trust promotes and supports the employment of people who use our services.

Hear from Carol, one of our Involvement volunteers.