Partners in Policymaking courses

Partner in Policymaking Courses

Partners in Policymaking is an umbrella name for a suite of leadership training courses for disabled adults, parents and carers of disabled children, professionals and other service providers working in education, health and leisure.
We offer a wide range of courses with the same goal of working and supporting each other to make a positive difference to people's lives.


Below is a list of courses which we currently offer:

  • Partners in Policymaking
    Partners is a leadership course to train disabled adults, as well as parents and relatives who have a disabled child up to the age of 19, to become leaders in policymaking. The course is made up of 35 participants: two thirds parents/relatives, and one third disabled adults. When we use the term disabled we mean anyone needing support because of physical or learning disability, and participants will be representative of people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
    Comprised of eight two-day sessions, the course works through issues such as education, whole-life planning, policy development and supported living.
  • Kindred Spirits / All Together Better
    These courses bring together family members alongside the people who support them through their work in social care, health and education.
    The tailor-made programme consists of five two-day sessions, exploring topics such as personal budgets, influencing policymaking at local and national level, and how to plan in order to get the right support.
  • Tomorrow's Leaders
    Tomorrow's Leaders is a leadership course designed specifically for people with learning difficulties. It's now run by Inclusion North, one year in the North and the next in the South.
  • Sharing Knowledge
    Sharing Knowledge participants include disabled adults, parents and relatives of disabled people, alongside people who support them through their work in social care, health, education and leisure. From people who use mental health services to people who are supporting loved ones with long-term health conditions, the common link is that everyone lives in the same geographical area and has a desire to enable disabled people to have the best lives possible.
    Run locally over six months, Sharing Knowledge consists of six two-day sessions, working through issues like communication and assistive technology, making change happen locally, and person-centred planning.We also offer bespoke leadership training courses. Please contact us for further information.
  • Pass it on Planning
    Pass it on Planning is an innovative leadership course enabling whole communities to benefit from good person-centred planning. The course brings people with support or healthcare needs, family carers and practitioners together to learn how to plan in person-centred ways, not only for themselves but for the benefits of others. A key aim of the course is to equip participants with the skills, tools, knowledge and confidence in order to provide peer-to-peer planning with other members of their communities.
  • Partners in Health
    Partners in health is a leadership programme that brings together people who have long term health conditions, their families and people who support them through their work in all areas of health to effect positive change in their local area. This includes enabling peer to peer support, influencing local services and policy and keeping people central to decisions about their own healthcare and wellbeing.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to commission a course in your local area: contact

Find out about forthcoming Partners in Policymaking courses