The Scottish Government established the User and Carer Forum upon publication of Changing Lives, in order to provide an opportunity for service users and carers to directly influence and shape the development and implementation of the Changing Lives agenda. The Forum was particularly asked to follow up on the idea of Citizen Leadership and has developed a set of principles (with suggested standards and indicators to help demonstrate how these can apply) by which the leadership contribution of those who use services can be guided and supported. The Forum is made up of members from the User and Carer Panel that worked on the Review and new members from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Citizen Leadership is an activity that happens when citizens have power and influence and responsibility to make decisions. Citizen leadership happens when individuals have some control over their own services. It also happens when citizens take action for the benefit of other citizens.
Original document (pdf) on Scottish Government website.