Vivo Care Choices has teamed up with Focus On Involvement so people using services can share their experiences and help students looking to start a career in health and social care.

The Chester Self-Advocacy Group, which is supported by Vivo, recently took part in filming and talked about living with a learning disability or autism.

Focus On Involvement works with a number of different universities in the north west and these videos provide students on professional courses with an insight into how people with extra challenges in their lives overcome barriers and strive for independence.

There’s also the option for those taking part to do a question and answer (Q&A) session once the videos have been seen by students.

Professional courses benefitting from this project include nursing, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiotherapy and paramedics, providing students with valuable knowledge and skills ready for the workplace.

Alistair Jeffs, Managing Director of Vivo, said: “We aim to give the people we support a strong voice in the community and this is another fantastic initiative for us to get involved with.

“The Chester Self-Advocacy Group is brilliantly supported by our staff and it’s great to see the people we support sharing their experiences to benefit others in the community.

“I’m sure the insight they provide will be useful and hopefully it helps students forge a successful career for themselves in health and social care.”

Terry Williams, Manager of Focus On Involvement, added: “We’re delighted to work with this inspirational group and help increase their opportunities to have their voice heard.

“The Chester Self-Advocacy had so many powerful messages to share and it was great to see the enthusiasm they had for this project.

“It’s been great to link up with Vivo and provide the people it supports with an opportunity to help students attending universities across the north west.”