We provide a truly bespoke, 100% person centred support service designed and led by the individual, changing the way traditional support is provided and empowering people to take full responsibility for their money, their support and their lives.
The support that we provide will be built specifically around the person that we are working with rather than being prescriptive about the type of support offered or the setting in which that support will be provided, whether that is in the persons own home, in the community or elsewhere. Our principle is that the person should be in control of what they need to achieve a fulfilling life rather than to “fit” into existing support and services. Our leadership team, staff and volunteers will all understand that working alongside the person and enabling them in opportunities, choice and individual development is preferable to doing “for” or “to”.
Types of support
The support that we provide is built specifically around the person that we are working with rather than being prescriptive about the type of support offered or the setting in which that support will be provided, whether that is in the persons own home, in the community or elsewhere. Our principle is that the person should be in control of what they need to achieve a fulfilling life rather than to “fit” into existing support and services. Starting with a PATH and involving professionals and all members of the persons circle of support means that all plans are designed and developed from the persons hopes and dreams but then translated into what is positive and possible within eligibility criteria and financial constraints. It means that plans are then achievable and can be broken down into small steps on a journey. Our staff will be trained in this approach and how best to work alongside people to make this happen.
We provide group-based activities for adults facilitated by experienced staff and designed and developed around each individual but centred on shared interests, shared desired outcomes and shared support. Each group activity will be chosen by the individuals taking part and each person will have a clear plan developed with them to meet specific outcomes linked to their eligible needs e.g. social interaction, work, volunteering, training, health and wellbeing. Each group will be supported to self-manage the activity, including booking and using community facilities and services, finding resources, specialist advisors or trainers and volunteers. Each group activity is envisaged to be time limited with clear goals from start to finish. Participants may then wish to chose to undertake a different activity together, move to another group or if their outcomes have been met cease participation.
Some people may chose to share their support with other people who have like minded interests and goals. This could be within their own home if people choose to live together or in the local community. By sharing support people can develop friendships and social networks, learn from and have support from their peers in achieving their goals and share the money that pays for paid support to make their budget stretch further.
The aim of reducing reliance on paid support and the context of citizenship is based on people being part of and present in their local communities and replacing or integrating paid support with informal support networks. This promotes supportive communities who recognise the value of the people we support and the giving and receiving of help from others is the key to a good society. There are some ways that we can help people to think about what is important to them and what they would like to achieve and seek the right people to help them do it. Some of the one-off support we can provide includes:
- PATH (Planning Alternative Futures with Hope)
- Transitions and Essential Lifestyle Planning
- Person Centred Support Planning
- Building Circles of Support
- Community Connecting
- Signposting to Information, Advice and Services