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Dignity in Care Summit is a huge success

People who use adult social care services came together on Wednesday 1 February to discuss what dignity means to them, and were joined by The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Mohammed Hanif, who thanked everyone for their contributions during the day.

Dudley Council worked in conjunction with user led organisations, Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living and Disability in Action, as well as other partners, to put together the ‘Digni-tea’ Summit and discuss experiences of dignity in care.

The event, which was attended by many local users of adult social care and carers, had a huge following on social media due to Wednesday 1 February being national Dignity Action Day.

A draft Dignity Charter will be created following feedback received at the Summit, which was led by Paul Astley from Dudley Council’s Access and Prevention who ensured everyone at the event had an input into the charter’s creation.

Jan Burns MBE, Chair of the National Dignity Council, said the following at the event:

“My definition of dignity is kindness, compassion and respect. It’s time for the dignity charter to come alive.”

Ken McClymont from Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living also said he’d like to raise awareness of what dignity means and Karl Van Gool from Disability in Action said he has always treated people with dignity because that’s how he would like to be treated. They would like to see dignity in everything that is done in Dudley.

The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Mohammed Hanif, also spoke at the event:

“Many thanks to Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living and Disability in Action for bringing together so many service users today. There’s been excellent feedback about the day and it’s fantastic to see everyone working together. Also, a massive thank you to Paul Astley and his team for all their hard work setting up this event.”

To see images of the event, and to find out more about the dignity charter and its aims in the Dudley borough, visit http://www.dudley.gov.uk/dignity

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