Being a Member of Black Country Partnership Trust

So I’ve been a member of BC Partnership Trust for quite some time now and thought I would do a blog about it.

As a Foundation Trust they provide the same NHS service and are subject to and monitored against national quality standards. However, they are subject to independent regulation by an organisation called Monitor, and are more accountable to the populations that serve through their members.

Membership is about the local community being involved in shaping our services so that they suit local needs.

Membership is free and voluntary. Our membership includes people who have used or are using our services, carers, and members of the public. Members must be aged 12 and over, and living in the Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley or Walsall area.

As a member of the Trust you can expect to receive regular updates about what they are doing and what their plans are. You’ll be able to express your views about future plans and influence the direction their service takes in the future. You’ll also have opportunities to join in a range of membership activities.

All members over 16 years of age can stand to become public governors. Public governors stand in local constituencies, and are elected by members. Find out more here

Recently they sent a letter saying they want to hold a youth membership event in the autumn of 2014. The event will launch the trust’s work with the young members of the trust this is a great idea to reach out to other young people.