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Infusion Co-operative

Infusion Co-operative is a not for profit social firm, established in 2003. We aim for at least 25% of our workforce to be people who are disadvantaged in the labour market through disability or ill health. We work to promote social justice and the rights and influence of service users and carers. Our base is in Edinburgh and we work across Scotland.

Our name describes how we work; that is making a strong blend of different views, experience and perspectives and working creatively with others.

The core team of four directors has extensive experience in social and health care delivery and planning in the not for profit and statutory sectors. Our team includes people with experience as service users as well as of direct practice, for example in advocacy and social work, and members have also developed and managed small and large provider organisations. Our expertise includes research including evaluation, organisational development, support and training. We use participative and creative approaches, person centred planning and other value based tools. We have a specific focus on communication.

We have a network of associates who bring complementary skills. We work in mixed teams as far as possible, involving people who use services. We provide paid and unpaid work and learning opportunities for people who want to increase their skills for employment and/or participation.

The services we provide include: 

Short and longer term projects aiming to increase the voice and influence of service users and carers.
Development support and training
Action research, participatory and social research
Reviews and evaluations.

Some examples of our work:

Developing a toolkit to measure service users' and carers' satisfaction with the new form of community care assessment, the Single Shared Assessment.

For the Scottish Executive.

Participative research into Supported Employment for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in Scotland. Working in partnership with other researchers, for the Scottish Executive. 

Evaluation of Circles Around Dundee; a small organisation that supports the development of "circles of support" for people labelled as having learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder, helping people to have ordinary lives in their own communities. 

Long term support to a collective advocacy group for people living in a long stay psychiatric hospital, currently undergoing a closure programme.  - For NHS Lanarkshire.

Developing approaches which will support people, who have dementia and are living in care homes, to give their views during regulatory inspections. With the Dementia Services Development Centre, for the Care Commission.

We welcome enquiries from groups and organisations from all sectors. Please ask.    

We will discuss options with you, tell you about our charges and provide any other information you need. 

For further information, contact:
Sally Dick, Karen Irvine, Maggie Keppie & Chris Vickerman
Infusion Co-operative
Fifth floor, Wellgate House
200 Cowgate
Tel: 0131 220 4508 and 0845 456 8290

Company registration no. 254512     
VAT no. 827631519

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210