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Newsletter No 1

What is the Leicestershire LINk? LINk stands for Local Involvement Network. This is a national initiative and there is a LINk in every local authority area. The LINk is a way of giving people the power to improve the health and social care services around them. The LINk is a network of networks, joining people together to have their say on how services are run. The Leicestershire LINk will work closely with the health and social care services that the people of Leicestershire use, including services across county boundaries. We will also work in partnership with LINKs in neighbouring counties. There are separate LINks for Leicester, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. What is happening in the Leicestershire LINk The Leicestershire LINk is in a transitional stage, getting itself ready for a launch in the new year. The LINk has a Transitional Steering Group that will be in place until March 2009, when elections will be held for a LINk board. A host organisation, the CVS Community Partnership, has been appointed to help create and support the LINk.

Group. To consider and discuss how the LINk should be launched. They will also monitor the implementation of any engagement work undertaken on behalf of the LINk.

Current LINk Work The Transitional LINk has four sub groups that are currently working hard to establish the LINk, these are:

Quick Wins Group The Quick Wins Group will be doing some short term work over the next few months trying to improve social care and health services for the people of Leicestershire.

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Development Group Communications Group Quick Wins Group Governance Group

Development Group The Development Group will agree the proposed structure for the future of the Leicestershire LINk, for agreement by the Transitional Steering

Communications Group The Communications Group is looking at all the publicity materials needed to launch the LINk including logos, membership forms, leaflets, and posters.

The Governance Group The Governance Group is looking at all the policies and procedures which will be necessary to ensure that the new LINk runs effectively. These policies will include things like terms of reference for the Steering Group of the LINk and a Code of Conduct for members.

Join us If you would like to join the Leicestershire LINk or find out more about us, contact the LINk Officers on 0116 234 1577 or link@ccp.org.uk. Leicestershire LINk Office, CCP, Beaumont Enterprise Centre, Boston Road, Leicester, LE4 1HB For Leicester LINK telephone: 0116 279 5075, or LeicesterLINks@carersfederation.co.uk For Rutland LINk telephone: 07590 813384,or Lyn.doubleday@shaw-trust.org.uk


Leicestershire LINk Newsletter (Issue 1)