Through our projects and partnerships we work with people using public services and their families and carers. This includes:

Mental health and human rights service user summer school

 

We work locally with Tower Hamlets Recovery College, providing an open access learning sessions for people to gain knowledge and confidence on their human rights when accessing mental health care and treatment. We co-develop and deliver this work with “peer tutors” who are people with lived experience of mental health issues. In 2018 we worked with Mikloth Bond. Tower Hamlets Recovery College reported that:

“The human rights workshops with BIHR have been the most popular course this year. Evaluation data shows that 100% of community members who attended the workshop believed that their knowledge of human rights had improved, 92% felt more able to raise a human rights issue on completion of the workshops and 100% would recommend the workshops to a colleague, friend or family member.”
 

This work won a QMUL Community Engagement Award in October 2018, recognising approach to co-develop and deliver our learning sessions directly with a peer tutor who experiences mental health issues. The peer tutor we worked with, Mikloth, used his work with us towards his qualification as a tutor with the Recovery College.  At the awards ceremony Mikloth shared that he never thought “little old me would be delivering training about the law with a human rights organisation.” Our news story about the award is available here.

This work was initially funded by Allen and Overy, and we have since been commissioned by the Recovery College to continue our work together.

 

Human rights, learning disability and autism community film project
 

 

In 2018 we worked with Mencap Liverpool to make videos about what human rights mean day to day for people with a learning disability and or autism.

There are 6 films in total. The first introduces the project and those involved. The following 5 films each approach a different relevant right from our UK Human Rights Act with each following the same structure. You can watch all the films here.

Each film begins with an explanation of the right and what’s covered within that under our domestic Human Rights Law. Then a role play of a real life story from one of our BIHR projects acted out by Mencap Liverpool members. The role plays tell the story of a person with a learning disability and/or autism suffering an infringement of their human rights. All in a health and care setting and almost all resolved through knowledge and the confidence to use the language of human rights.

Care and Treatment Reviews


Working with NDTi, we've been supporting experts by experiences, including parents and carers to better use human rights to ensure that CTR by local officials are respecting and protecting the rights of people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, people who are too often subjected to abuse and neglect in our institutions.

 

Care and Support: A human rights approach to advocacy 

Between 2014-17 we ran a national project working in partnership with 6 advocacy and community support groups across England to achieve change through human rights. This included working directly with 324 people using services, supporting them to better understand how to use their human rights in discussions with health, care, housing and social work staff. Together we tested and developed a series of 3 resources to help people advocate for themselves.

 

Before our work with people using services, 66% of participants rated their confidence to use human rights as low to average. Afterwards 75% said they were somewhat confident or above.

 

You can find the resources here. You can find out more about the project here and independent evaluation of this work, including stories of change here.