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Organisations that support involvement and Co-Production

To get involved you can contact any of the groups below.

If you want to get involved but are not feeling confident then several of these organisations can offer help and support to get your views heard.

Some of the services they offer include:

  • 1-2-1 support
  • peer support training
  • group support and
  • social activities

Carers FIRST

Carers FIRST was established as a project within Tonbridge VCS in 1991, by Carers who wanted to help others in a similar situation. In 1996 Carers FIRST took on charity status and became a registered not for profit organisation, number 1085430 and company limited by guarantee.

In 2009 Carers FIRST became the parent company of Medway Carers Centre, a charity set up in 1991 by Carers, some of whom remain on the Board of Trustees today.

The two charities merged fully in April 2013. By 2013, Carers FIRST were supporting over 5,000 Carers across South West Kent, North West Kent and Medway, providing information and support to carers of people who cannot manage by themselves through ill health, frailty, disability, mental health or substance misuse.

Originally a member of the Princes Royal Trust for Carers, Carers FIRST is now a network partner of Carers Trust (a merger between PRTC and Crossroads Care).

From 1st July 2019 Carers First were commissioned by Adults & Health to provide a Carers service in Newham taking over from Newham Carers Network

0300 303 1555


If you would like support to help you to put your opinions across we offer an advocacy service. Someone speaks on your behalf to help you say what you want to say.

The London Borough of Newham has commissioned VoiceAbility to provide advocacy support, including those with mental health conditions. If you want to find out more please contact them:

Stratford Advice Arcade
107-109 The Grove
Stratford, E15 1HP
Tel: 020 3355 7142

ASK User-led Mental Health Group

ASK aims to be a user-led membership organisation which provides information and support services to customers (18+) and their carers, who are users, or potential users, of mental health services primarily in Newham.
ASK run a monthly Forum which runs on the second Thursday of each month at Stratford Advice Arcade. ASK produces a monthly calendar of activities and a quarterly newsletter which is widely distributed in the borough. For further details please contact:

Sandra Amoah, Co-Chair

Newham Older People's Reference Group (OPRG)

The aim of the Newham Older People's Reference Group (OPRG)is to ensure that the quality of life of the Borough's older residents is a priority of any policy making.

The group is open to all interested residents aged 50 and over, regardless of:

  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • disability

They endeavor to encompass the needs of disabled members so that attending regular meetings and other activities is as easy as is possible.

Membership is on a voluntary basis. Any member already involved in other groups, where there is a shared agenda, is encouraged to act as a go-between so that information, ideas and decisions can be usefully exchanged and disseminated.

The group meets up to 10 times per year at various centres throughout Newham.

For further details contact:

Sophie Ibotson, Project Co-ordinator
Tel: 0208 821 0861

Newham Council's Co-Production Team

The current team of 3 staff works to maximise the involvement of customers/residents/people with lived experience across all service areas within the Council.

They ensure that the views of customers/residents/people with lived experience and Carers are used to shape services.

Specific groups are facilitated and supported by the Co-Production team, The groups include:

  • Newham Co-Production Forum (Adults)
  • ASK User-led Mental Health Group
  • Autism Strategy Group
  • Autism Support Group
  • Newham Homelessness Action Group
  • Newham Learning Disabilities Partnership Advisory Group
  • Newham Leisure Access Forum
  • Custom House Regenration Project

For more information contact:

Aidan Keightley - Co-production Manager
Call: 0203 373 4131​

Honey Sarfo - Co-Production and Participation Officer
Call: 0203 373 1638

Kundayi Sisulu-Co-Production and Participation Facilitator
Call: 0203 373 8392

Farheen Butt - Co-Production and Participation Apprentice
Call: 0203 373 1788