Our Corporate Plan sets out our aims and objectives and plots the direction of Positive Futures for 2014-17. It’s split into 6 Strategic Aims, the first of which is our commitment to support the people to have “the life they want”.
Strategic Aim 1 – “Everyone supported by our Supported Living Services will be involved in planning the support they need to have the life they want.”
In March, we brought together all of our management team and Trustees along with some key staff to review our progress against our Year 1 Business Plan and to agree what we do during Year 2 (2015/16).
We have made such great progress with “The Life I Want” strategy within the first year and I wanted to share with you just some of our achievements!
*Increased person centred knowledge and skills for our staff
Everyone who works in our Supported Living Services has been introduced to the concepts of Planning Live and Just Enough Support. We have an animate which illustrates each stage of “The Life I Want” process and we have a video which highlights the importance of choice and direction, as told by Francis, one of the people we support.
We have updated our policy and guidance on how to use person centred tool and have provided coaching and workshops for staff on this. This means our staff have the skills and knowledge to understand and find out exactly how individuals want to live their life and what “best support” looks like for them in order to achieve this.
We have also been successful in receiving funding to develop community connections for the people we support (for more information on this click here). A proportion of this funding will be used to deliver training to staff to develop their confidence in supporting people in their community and to help them develop friendships outside of paid support.
*31 people we support have completed Planning Live and Just Enough Support events
We want every single person we support in our Supported Living Services to have the life they want. So far, 44% of the people we support in our Supported Living Services have completed Planning Live and Just Enough Support events which means we are almost half way to achieving our Strategic Aim in Year 1 alone! I think that deserves a pat on the back – well done us!
*We have improved the quality of life for the people we support
When we evaluated the impact of “The Life I Want” processes for the people we support, those who had completed Planning Live and Just Enough Support told us that their control needs, occupational needs and social needs were better met. Have you checked out website for stories about how some of the people we support are “taking control” and choosing how they want to be supported?
*We have learnt what works really well and what doesn’t work! This continuous learning means we have the knowledge and skills to adapt the process so everyone can achieve “the life they want” regardless of the level of support they need.
Not everyone enjoys “live” planning events – there may be too many people in the room or they mightn’t like the focus of attention being on them. We have been able to adapt the processes to work for the people we support – this is why we are having such great success! There is always a Plan B! Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks when we will be sharing some of our top tips for facilitating events and different ways that we have adapted the processes.
*Team Work! Achieving “The Life I Want” is not possible without everyone pulling together
Most importantly, we would not have accomplished this success without working together. We don’t have all the answers and this is what makes these processes so exciting! By working together we can explore multiple options, be creative and agree solutions – together we are making a difference!
So, what’s next in our journey of personalisation to support people to have the life they want?
We will be focusing on embedding the “The Life I Want” culture throughout our Organisation and exploring what this process looks like for other Services, beyond Supported Living. We will also be looking at how best to support people to develop community connections and develop friendships outside of paid support.
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And on that note, here’s some inspirational words from one of the people we support:
“I wish everyone could have a life like mine.”
Kathleen Breen, supported by our Sperrin Supported Living Service