The Comenus initiative and the Service User and Carers Advisory Group (SUCAG) within the Schools of Health and Social Work at UCLan, have spent the last ten years working with people in the community from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of health and social care experiences who are service users themselves or care for someone who is.
The Comensus and SUCAG members have worked with postgraduate students studying a variety of health and social care related courses to share their own personal stories, helped staff to develop course materials and taken part in research projects and teaching.
On 10th July 2014 a celebration event was held at the Westleigh Conference Centre in Preston where over a hundred people attended the event.
Lisa Malihi-Shoja, Comensus Co-ordinator and UCLan Community Engagement Ambassador, commented: “We are delighted to reach this milestone and take a moment to celebrate what we’ve achieved so far.
“I want to thank the service users and carers who have worked with us over the last ten years and given us their unique independent insights of health and social care. This enhances student knowledge, is based in reality and reflects current up to the minute practice issues.”