Making decisions with Disabled residents not for Disabled residents, to bring to life our commitment to ‘doing things with residents not to residents'" Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of H&F Council
Our co-production vision
Our way of working is different. We co-produce with residents, the community sector, councillors and other partners to build shared solutions that are implemented at H&F.
Taking a co-produced approach to the design and delivery of community support and services, will help us work together with the community to bring to life our commitment to ‘doing things with residents not to them’
The council’s commitment to co-producing policies and services with residents came from the recommendations set out in the Disabled People’s Commission (DPC) report published in June 2018.
We are the first local authority in the country to commit to co-production across a whole council in this way.
We will only know it’s working when ALL residents say that it is. We know it will be a big change for us all but everyone is excited about the real possibilities.
Where it all started
On International Day of Disabled People in December 2015, representatives of Hammersmith & Fulham Council made a commitment to working closely with Disabled residents to make decisions about support and services.
The Disabled People's Commission was formed to set in place a new way of doing things that would ensure that Disabled residents, councillors and officers and other organisations in the borough worked together in a way that values and respects the rights of local Disabled people.
What is co-production? (British Sign Language video)
Turning commitment into action
Since 2018 we have been busy setting up a number of opportunities to co-produce change with Disabled residents.