National Involvement Network

The National Involvement Network (NIN) is network of people who receive social care support who have been meeting since 2007 to promote involvement and share ideas about things that matter to us most. We wrote the Charter for Involvement and are now working to promote it across Scotland.

Aim

For people who use services have more choice and control over their lives and to have a bigger say in how the organisations that support us are run. We also talk about getting involved in the wider community.

Aim

For people who use services have more choice and control over their lives and to have a bigger say in how the organisations that support us are run. We also talk about getting involved in the wider community.

MEETINGS

There are over 80 people in the NIN. We meet every two months, usually either in Glasgow or Edinburgh to share our experiences of involvement and how the Charter for Involvement can be put into practice.

New members are always welcome at NIN meetings.

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MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE

Our work is making a big difference to the lives of supported people across Scotland. People from the Scottish Government and other bodies often come to NIN meetings to consult with us.

We are also developing Local Involvement Networks to put the Charter into practice in local areas.

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"10 years ago I didn’t work, now I have been offered a job. I’m much more independent now. I never used to go out much, now I’m never in."George - National Involvement Network

Hear Our Voice

A short film of the Hear our Voice conference held at the Scottish Youth Theatre. It illustrates what happened during the conference, and includes NIN members saying what the Charter for Involvement means to them and what they thought of the conference.

The conference was planned and led by NIN members and was held to celebrate its 10th anniversary – 10 years of leading change in our services and communities.

Still from Hear our Voice Conference video
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Involvement In Action

NIN members describe their experience of using a new Talking Mat to help more people use the Charter for Involvement. They explain how people were able to talk about how well they are getting on in their communities, and whether they are living as independently as they would like.

The theme of the Talking Mat is “taking part” and everyone had a chance to take part in the making of the film as well.

Still from Involvement in Action video
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Key resources

  • Charter film

    A short animated film that brings the Charter to life for people who have trouble reading.

  • Hear our Voice

    Members of the National Involvement Network (NIN) talk about what NIN means to them

  • Hear Our Voice Conference

    The Hear our Voice Conference was planned and led by NIN members and held to celebrate NIN's 10th anniversary

  • Involvement in Action

    NIN members describe their experience of using a new Talking Mat to help more people use the Charter for Involvement.

  • Talking Mats Stories

    How Talking Mats and peer advocacy improve the lives of supported people and help them identify changes they want to make.