Disabled campaigners have launched a new charter t

first_imgDisabled campaigners have launched a new charter that aims to persuade organisations – and individuals – in their local area to treat people with dignity and respect.Ken andTracy McClymont have spent four years working on the Dudley Dignity Charter,which lists 10 key principles for how people should be treated, focusing on areassuch as communication, privacy, choice, control, advocacy and fairness.TheMcClymonts, both key figures in Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living(Dudley CIL), have worked on the charter with another local disabled people’sorganisation, Disability In Action,with support from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Healthwatch Dudley.The couplehave spent years seeking the views of disabled people in Dudley on what shouldbe in the charter, by visiting council-run community forums, day centres, youthclubs for disabled young people, libraries and the local hospital.They weretold how disabled people were being rushed by care workers who had to hurry totheir next appointment; how service-providers were failing to listen to whatservice-users were telling them and not giving them time to explain theirneeds; and how schools were failing to provide support to their disabled pupils,among many other examples of disabled people not being treated with dignity andrespect.Patternssoon began to emerge from what they were being told, which they worked into thecharter’s 10 key principles.TheMcClymonts now plan to take the charter “out on the road”, explaining its 10principles by running stands at local events and locations such as supermarketsand libraries.They alsohope – by setting up a new Dudley Dignity Council – to be able to monitor theimplementation of the charter, hold service-users to account, and even awarddignity charter marks to organisations that show a commitment to the 10 principles.KenMcClymont, who chairs Dudley CIL, said: “Dignity is something we all want,along with respect, but it is a very hard thing for people to explain anddefine.”He said he was “buoyed up” by the launch event (pictured), which was attended by three of the four local MPs, the council’s deputy leader and chief executive, and representatives of the local transport authority, mental health trust and the three emergency services.He added: “Thischarter is unique in that it has been created by the local people themselves.“We do hopethat many local people, businesses, voluntary groups and others with connectionsto the borough will sign up to the charter to encourage everyone to makedignity a thing of importance. “We all wantto be treated with dignity and respect, and hope that this charter will start aconversation.”Cllr Judy Foster, deputy leader of Dudley council,said: “It is an honour and a privilege to have joined those at theDudley Dignity Charter launch event today. “By workingtogether, we can rightly put dignity at the heart of care here in Dudleyborough.“The charterhas been over four years in the making and it is a testament to the dedicationand hard work of everyone at Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living and Disabilityin Action.”last_img

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