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How to use the Influence and Participation Toolkit

The Toolkit is divided into the following sections:

Each section comprises information, tools, tips and templates, as well as some practical examples to give you ideas and steer you towards making the influence and participation process positive for everyone involved, from beginning to end.

You will also find some short films. These include interviews with Mind staff, and people with lived experience of mental health problems who have participated in and influenced the work of Mind or other organisations, sharing their experiences in their own words about what helped in the process – and importantly, what didn’t.

Finally, we’ve included links to other organisations you can go to for further information and resources.

You can dip in and out of each section as you need to. For example:

  • You can use the Toolkit to explain the concept of influence and participation to new members of staff.
  • If you’re looking for new and creative ways for people to participate in and influence your work, you may find some helpful case studies and examples to draw on.
  • If you’ve come up against challenges, you can use the tools to help you to think about and devise strategies to overcome them.

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