Active Lives is a ten year vision to transform adult social care in Kent. The plan The plan was developed with a wide range of service users and carers and outlines how it will help people get care and support in the face of greater demands on services and less money.
Active Lives Kent County Council's 10 year vision for Adult Social Care in Kent. Kent Social Services was one of the first to set out a vision in this way (2000), and the latest version (2007) has been endorsed by the Kent Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), the 12 district councils, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the voluntary sector.
In developing the original Active Lives, Kent Couty Council (KCC) consulted service users and wanted to take this a step further and fully involve the public. KCC organised a major campaign to engage people through a range of activities.
Workshops with over 200 disabled people . A major survey at the Kent County Show - over 300 people participated in this. The survey was also available online and received a further 200 responses. At one point the Active Lives web page was the second most popular one within Kent Adult Social Services (KASS) . Presentations to numerous local groups including District Partnership Groups for people with learning disabilities and District Older People Forums. These groups ranged from 20 to 50 people . Workshops involving partners (PCT, Maidstone Health Trust) across Kent and with specific client groups (people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, etc). At each of these workshops there were at least 50 people who were users of KCC services . Workshops with carers - carers were part of many of the other groups mentioned, however a specific workshop reached about 35 carers .
There were a small group of 10 people who met physically - as well as virtual input from other people and comments from user/disabled organisations such as Centre for Independent Living Kent. . The final version was agreed and approved by the Editorial Board. Drafted and finalised by an Editorial Board of members of the public who were self selected - if anyone was interested they were part of the Editorial Board - before being presented to management team and Members. .
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Gather individual pre-existing opinions
Gather informed and considered opinions (deliberation)
Create a shared vision amongst participants
Number of participants
Self selected participants attending as individuals (open access process)
Statistically representative sample of a population
Representatives of wider interest groups (stakeholders)
Level of awareness and interest
participants know about some aspects/can roughly articulate some interest
Health and well-being
Limit search to...
... face to face processes
... online processes
Level of involvement
Groups with low levels of literacy/confidence