INSIGHT for Carers Service - known as INSIGHT - is a charity for carers, run predominantly by carers. As a user led organisation, INSIGHT works hard to meet the needs of carers, developing and delivering the services that carers want, rather than what people think they need.
There are many organisations that offer support, information and advice to carers, but the vast majority are predominantly there for the person with the disability, certainly they focus on specific areas. INSIGHT focuses on the carers, filling in gaps and working hard to empower them so they can lead the happiest, most fulfilling lives, be effective carers for the people they love and look after and be involved in decisions and making choices that affect their lives.
Based in Brierley Hill, services are offered to all carers in the Dudley borough and the surrounding areas.
Current services and activities provided by INSIGHT include:
Carers Support Service that empowers carers by offering advice, information and support..
INSIGHT has developed an innovative training programme – Ready4Life – specifically for people with learning difficulties and special needs to enable them to achieve their maximum potential in life. Ready4Life team members help to run the Café at INSIGHT House. Our Café is all about Fun and Indulgence and provides a unique experience. The amazing coffee, tea and hot chocolate ranges that we are able to produce for our customers are on a completely different level to those that just profess quality and consistency in their drinks.
Carers Lounge situated in Brierley Hill which provides a central hub, with parking for carers across the borough to come and visit the Café and enjoy home cooked food, snacks and beverages at very reasonable prices.
The lounge and café have free Wi-Fi, computers, wireless printing and photocopying facilities. Several exciting meeting rooms are available for private hire. Volunteers, some with special needs or learning disabilities, help to run the entire centre enabling them to gain valuable skills and experiences.
INSIGHT services include training, advice, support groups, information sessions, advocacy and befriending and much more, as well as leading Dudley’s Parent Participation project - PARTICIPATE.
PARTICIPATE is a government funded project supporting parents of disabled children and ensuring they have a voice. which works to involve parents and carers of children with local service provision and decision makers in order to give them a voice and influence services.
INSIGHT offers 'Looking After Me' courses funded by Dudley PCT throughout the borough, improving the well-being of carers.
In partnership with Scope INSIGHT offers a Befriending Service for parents of children with a disability or special needs.
INSIGHT and PARTICIPATE run events in schools and children's centres offering support, information and advice to parents with children and young people with special needs.
Watch this space -‐ there's a whole lot more to come from INSIGHT...