LIVE - The magazine for Optivo residents Winter 2017 - Page 7

Over 60 people have joined our new Optivo resident governance structure. This is the way residents can formally monitor and influence Optivo services. Interested? It’s a great way to learn new skills, build confidence, meet other residents and make a difference. But don’t just take our word for it. This is what some of our involved residents had to say: It’s been a busy year for our involved residents and staff. We wanted to make sure the new Optivo resident governance structure was a mixture of the previous structures and was fit for purpose. We’re still looking for residents who are willing to give up a few hours of their time who can show commitment and want to improve the services provided by Optivo. All I have left to say is have a lovely festive time and happy New Year. I went along to the Midlands meeting in early November. Before the meeting I was a bit daunted but on the day, everyone was so nice and supportive, I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to more meetings, to look further at Optivo’s services in the Midlands region. Geoff Layton, Midlands resident Hurry, we still have spaces for new members… You can get involved at a local level, looking at the issues in your region. Or, if you prefer, help us with complaints and policy work, improving services for the whole organisation. We’re continually looking for residents to join us. So, if you think you are that resident, please contact your Resident Involvement Team or email contactus@optivo.org.uk Glen Cady, Resident Strategy Group Chair and London resident 7