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Co-production at Brandon

This page includes:

  • Co-production and what it means at Brandon
  • How co-production works at Brandon
  • Other ways people supported by Brandon influence decisions
  • What’s coming up
  • Employment opportunities

Co-production and what it means at Brandon

Some of the Brandon AdventurersBrandon’s mission to enable people to live the lives they choose, includes prioritising collaborating with people with learning disabilities and autism in all of our decision making.

We ensure people supported by Brandon have opportunities to influence and make decisions about Brandon’s activities and to work closely with stakeholders externally, to effect positive change for people with learning disabilities and autism.

How co-production works at Brandon

At Brandon, this includes a team of people we support working in paid roles as Brandon’s Adventurers. The Adventurers represent the people we support at Brandon and are consulted on all of our key decisions about the way we work now and how we will work in the future.

Based across the South of England, the Adventurers team meet regularly in person and online. Their work at Brandon so far includes:

  • Contributing to the development of our five-year Plan B strategy
  • Taking part in the judging of the 2023 Staff Awards
  • Supporting the development of our Partnerships and Fundraising strategy

They also have a significant role in our co-production work with stakeholders and partners beyond Brandon, including:

  • Training University of the West of England (UWE) students on inclusion in prescribing
  • Creating an accessible Health Action Plan
  • Supporting Southmead Hospital’s accessibility and inclusion procedures through site visits and panel events

You can read more about our co-production work in the Brandon news section.

Other ways people supported by Brandon influence decisions

People supported by Brandon have also worked alongside the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (BNSSG ICB) to produce a video promoting the importance of annual health checks.

Find out more about the work to make annual health checks more accessible using new Health Action Plans.

What’s coming up?

In the coming year, Brandon’s involvement team will be working with people we support on a number of projects. This will include another training programme with UWE to support around constipation management and awareness, and co-production of guidance for people with learning disabilities and autism on death, dying, and do not resuscitate orders (DNR) with the BNSSG ICB.

Employment opportunities

As well as our co-production opportunities, Brandon also offers people with learning disabilities and autism opportunities to gain work skills, vocational training, and paid employment through our social enterprise businesses.

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