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Success in 2019

The last year has seen Making it Real’s influence continue to grow and bear fruit.

Highlights include:

Two successful Partnership Summits that brought partners together to collaborate and share. We want to strengthen relationships between Shropshire Council and the community it serves.

After lively and productive discussions, we are close to producing an Experts by Experience engagement policy. This important document will support and encourage people to contribute their experiences and expertise to help shape services.

Our Making it Real Board has worked with Shropshire Council Social Care to re-think its Direct Payments scheme.  A new approach is being explored, looking at a more creative model in which individuals can have more choice and control about how they use their direct payment .

An open invitation for representatives to attend the Social Care Director’s Management Team meetings; a brave move which allows Experts by Experience to help shape our Social care system.

Finally, we were invited to speak at the launch of the new version of Think Local Act Personal’s Making it Real framework. This framework helps Shropshire shine a spotlight on Social Care services; asking for a commitment to a set of ‘We statements’. These statements define what good care should look like. It was a privilege to talk to an audience which included the Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, about how we do things in Shropshire.

Please get in touch if you'd like to be involved in the positive development of adult social care in Shropshire. The voices of 'experts by experience' are important to that development and together we can assist progress towards 'personalisation' (that is personal choice and control) and community-based support.

Meeting dates for 2019 can be found in the related information, on the right-hand side of this page, so please come and join us if you can! If you're not able to attend, you can refer to the agendas and notes that are also attached. You can also have your say by simply emailing

Meeting times

  • Central Advisory Group meeting (Shrewsbury):
    Mondays 11am – 12:30pm
    Venue: Shirehall, SY2 6ND
  • North Advisory Group meeting (Market Drayton):
    Wednesdays 10.30 - midday
    Venue: Raven House, TF9 3AH
  • South Advisory Group meeting (Ludlow):
    Wednesdays 1:30pm – 3pm
    Venue: Helena Lane, SY8 2NP

All venues are fully accessible. For full details of upcoming meetings visit the events pages by following this link.

Contact information

Contact: Stewart Smith
Telephone: 01743 257705
Organisation email:

Main address:
c/o Ptarmigan Building
Sitka Drive
Shrewsbury Business Park