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Learning Report from the DRILL funded Self Advocacy Toolkit research

What Makes a Good Self Advocacy Project: The added value of co-production


What this Learning Report is about
This is about co-produced research funded by DRILL to define what makes a good self advocacy project and to make an Evaluation Toolkit for self advocates and funders to use.


The five people who did the DRILL funded research together are:
·two independent academic researchers (Jan, who was subcontracted by All Wales People First, and Bryan, who worked as part of BAROD), ·two activist researchers (Alan and Simon)  ·one supporter / technical advisor (Mal).
We also had support from Anne Collis, BAROD The four researchers all had equal roles and equal responsibilities. 

The Report explains how we all worked to

Let's celebrate

Barod formally started on 31st January 2013. We started trading June 2013.

This year we celebrate five years of existing.

That may not sound a huge achievement. But it is. We were trying to do something rarely attempted, and never before achieved: a cooperative of equals, all deciding that we wanted to come together as a cooperative, all earning equal pay, all with an equal say in running the company, all colleagues with the same status, despite living in a society that assumes people with and without learning disabilities are not equal.

To everyone who said the idea of Barod was unrealistic or impossible - Hello! We found a way to make it happen. And five years later we are still here to tell the tale.   To the person in the job centre who said 'starting a business isn't for people like you' - we think you'll find we've proved that it is. 
For five years, we have worked together. We have proved we were all ready to work, ready to run a business together and ready …

£149,946 for new National Lottery funded research project

Barod Community Interest Company is delighted to announce that we will be working in partnership for the next two years with Carmarthenshire People First, My LifeMy Choice (an Oxford organisation), People First Dorset and Social Firms Wales on a project called The Bridge. Says Anne Collis, project lead, The project is called The Bridge because we aim to bridge the gap between the current situation where too many people with learning difficulties are working for free and their organisations struggle for funding, to a future where individuals and organisations are well paid for their work”.
People with learning difficulties across the UK have developed highly desirable skills through their involvement in self-advocacy and are engaged in high level policy and service design work. However it is rare to be able to secure well paid work that uses these skills, and many groups struggle to find funding.

Five years ago, a small group of people with and without learning difficulties founded Ba…