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WHAT’S OUR GOAL?

Our main purpose is to support existing local and Trust level service user groups, and to help develop new and emerging groups. We do this through building skills and capacity, and by continuing to develop links between groups, but also through supporting group members.  Through the network, we aim to ensure that people with experience of substance use are involved in all levels of decision making, service planning and delivery.

OUR AIMS AND VISION

WHO’S IT FOR?

WHAT IS THE REGIONAL SERVICE USER NETWORK (RSUN)?

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MEET THE TEAM

OUR VISION

OUR MISSION

OUR AIMS

CO-ORDINATORS

Council for the Homeless NI (CHNI) currently employ two coordinators - Anna Carlin and Sherlyn Logue - to help develop and support rsun and local groups, as well as those who use them.


Anna and Sherlyn will support existing service user and Trust level groups, as well as providing assistance to new and developing groups. Both staff work closely together to support the network, whilst providing specific geographical support, ensuring that support is provided across Northern Ireland.


GROUPS

There are a number of local and regional groups. These are across the country, including in Ballymena, Belfast, Derry area, Downpatrick, Enniskillen, Larne, Lisnaskea, and Omagh amongst others. For an up to date list click here.

MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT

WHAT YOU’VE SAID ABOUT RSUN*

94% of those who responded ‘strongly agreed’ that being involved with rsun was useful & meaningful

PERSONAL

SUPPORT

88% felt personally supported

within the network

HAD THEIR SAY

82% felt that they had their

say about services and

policies that affect them…

POSITIVELY

INVOLVED

88% felt actively involved, and felt listened to

HARM REDUCTION ADVICE AND RESOURCES

(BASED ON THE RESPONSES TO A RECENT SURVEY)

NEWS AND VIEWS

THE WORK WE’VE DONE SO FAR

The rsun Coordinators have established a regional network of service users and service providers that meet regularly throughout Northern Ireland (more about local groups here).


This is an opportunity for those with an interest in substance use issues to share information, feed into to policy (for example by contributing to consultations), and provide each other with mutual support.


The co-ordinators are also on hand to support those who use the groups, identifying training, development and support needs, and helping them get as much as they can from their involvement with the network.

To date, the rsun project workers have ensured service user representation on a number of regional decision making fora, including:



During the year,  a number of training sessions were provided to network members. The aim of the training was to improve individual skills and help develop group skills. Training sessions included ‘finance for groups’, ‘fundraising for groups’,

‘sitting on decision making bodies’, and ‘how to form a service user group’.

The network has organised two annual conferences (the first focused on service user involvement, and the second on harm reduction approaches). These service user led conferences were well received, and well attended with over 100 people present at both!

Policy work, and particularly responding to consultations, have featured heavily throughout the year. The network has worked hard to ensure that their views, and the views of those with experience of substance use, have been included in decision making processes. For example, the network responded to consultations on Tier 4 detox facilities; the proposal to allow wider access to Naloxone for use in emergencies; needle exchange; changes to Clinical Guidelines, and the PHA consultation on the Lifeline Crisis Response Service. In doing this, the network has ensured that the views and needs of those with experience of substance use are included in policy and service development.

Members of the network have also had the opportunity to meet up with like minded groups across the UK. For example, some network members  attended the 2014 and 2015 DDN National Service User Involvement Conferences (Birmingham and Bolton respectively).

Similarly, network members organised and attended a number of harm reduction cafes. These were the first events of their kind in the country, and were well attended, including representation from UK based substance use groups.

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If you have a query abour rsun, about getting involved with local groups, or about starting up a group in your area, please get in touch.


Our co-coordinators work together to cover all of Northern Ireland, while providing specific geographical support. If you are in Belfast, South Eastern, and Southern Trust areas, contact Sherlyn. If you are in Northern and Western Trust areas, contact Anna.


If you not sure who to contact, click here to view map of Trust areas.


Alternatively, you can, of course, contact either Anna or Sherlyn - they’ll be happy to help.

Belfast, South Eastern, and Southern Trust areas

Northern and Western Trust areas

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SHERLYN LOGUE, RSUN CO-ORDINATOR

If you have any questions about rsun, about the roles of the rsun project co-ordinators, about starting up a group or how to get involved with rsun / local groups in another way, get in touch.

RSUN project is co-ordinated and managed by Council for the Homeless NI (CHNI), and kindly funded by The Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.

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