Participation Team

The Participation Team was created to reflect Ark’s dedication to operating in a person-centred way at all levels of the organisation, as well as assisting the people who use our services in pursuing an active role in their own lives, in Ark and in their community. 

The Participation Team is here to assist and enable the people who use our services to:

  • Build their confidence and support them in speaking up about their service.
  • Be involved in decisions made by Ark.
  • Speak up in other forums and influence what affects them.
  • Be involved in choosing the people who support them.
  • Be involved in writing policies that affect them, and making them easier to understand.
  • Take part in national and local campaigns.
  • Effect change either in service delivery or their environment.
  • Be aware of the Association’s Complaints policy.


The Participation Team organises meetings, conferences and other groups for people to come together to discuss issues and ideas.

You can contact the Participation team here.


“It used to be that other people spoke for you, and nothing ever got done. Now we speak for ourselves and have much more control over things.”