Public Asked To Film Their Thoughts On Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

A CALL is being issued for people to use the technology at their fingertips to have their say on future approaches to health and social across Dumfries and Galloway.

People are being asked to speak directly down the camera lens to the teams which will develop a new three-year strategic plan for health and social care in the region, giving their views on everything from hospitals to day care services, from mental health nursing to care homes.

Vicky Freeman is Head of Strategic Planning and Performance for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership, and she said: “We really want to ensure that people’s voices are heard when it comes to developing the new strategic plan.

“There will be opportunities at events over coming months for people to share views, including the ‘Looking Back – Leaping Forward’ event at the Cairndale Dumfries on October 31 which includes the Integration Joint Board Annual Performance Review.

“However, we’re aware that not everyone is going to be free to attend events like this, and so wanted to ensure people still had a quick and easy alternative way to have their voices heard.

“That’s why we’re launching ‘Have Your Say in 60 Seconds’, asking people to use a mobile phone, camera, tablet or computer to film themselves and then send us their thoughts on what our priorities should be, what we’re doing well and what we could be doing better.

“It’s our intention that these short, focused insights into thoughts and opinions will be screened as part of the ‘Looking Back – Leaping Forward’ event, helping to inform the discussion as we move towards the new strategic plan.

“However, we’d love it if those people who film themselves were able to come along to the event to see the response to their thoughts and expand on them. And we’d welcome anyone else to take up the opportunity of a place at the event, registering by October 21 by phoning 01387 241346 or emailing [email protected]. The event runs from 10.30 am to 4 pm and tea, coffee and lunch is provided.”

The Have Your Say in 60 Seconds banner will be popping up in public locations over coming weeks.

And at any point, someone within the region can pick up their own phone or camera, record their perspectives and email them to [email protected]

Some videos may feature on social media as part of the campaign, and to help encourage everyone else to have their say on a very important issue which is set to affect the lives of everyone living in Dumfries and Galloway.

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