Just Enough Support

In brief…

A one or two-day workshop that builds on the work described in "All Together Now".

It offers a highly practical, step-by-step approach to generating ideas, testing and implementing them. The aim is to proactively develop alternatives to paid support, promoting better outcomes for people, and to be in control as funding reduces.

What is Just Enough Support?

As the impact of the economic downturn and the dwindling public finances from the credit crunch continue to affect public services in the UK, there is a growing pressure that all of us will experience a reduction of funding over the coming years and possibly longer. If we are proactive and take this opportunity to make a concerted push around developing alternatives to paid support, we can promote better choice and control for people.

Who is this workshop for?

If you are trying to personalise support services in the current financial context then this workshop is for you. That means anyone who uses support services or is a provider, commissioner, carer or family member. It is for adults as well as young people and families with their support team. Workshops are at their most productive when there is a cross section from any organisation; support workers alongside senior managers. This, together with the commissioning team, creates a real sense of partnerships working.

What will you learn?

  • How to develop alternatives to just paid support for people.
  • How to continue to develop individually designed services at a time of reduced budgets while staying true to values and principles.
  • How to look in-depth at a person’s day/night and work out the right level of support for them.
  • How to use creative options for housing, assistive technology and getting the most out of existing resources.
  • How to think about who the person is and what you can notice about what they bring and what they can contribute.
  • How to move from what currently is to what could be and testing out the impact of ideas on the person and the service.
  • How to find a balance between prioritising what is important to people and providing just enough support.
  • What the next steps are and how to develop a SMART action plan.

How can this help you?

  • You want to promote better outcomes for people and ensure they are in control as funding reduces.
  • You want to reduce the likelihood of people becoming overly reliant on services.
  • You want to maximise existing budgets and resources as far as you can.
  • You want to reconsider how much paid support people need.
  • You want to seek alternatives to formal paid support.
  • You want to create new or alternative models of support.
  • You want to reduce costs within services.
  • You want to commission provider services that deliver just enough support.

How do we deliver this?

  • As a one-day facilitated workshop for up to 20 people.
  • As a one-day workshop with a one-day follow-up to support implementation and capturing learning (for up to 20 people).
  • As a half-day follow-up to Planning Live for one individual and their family, friends and support team.
  • As a mentoring programme to build capacity to facilitate the workshop from within your organisation.

Get in touch with Michelle and we’ll find the best way to help you.

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Pauline Fergusson, Positive Futures:

“It was great that staff had the opportunity to think about how we can support the person in a different way. Each had their own community contacts and networks which they used in the process to think about the ordinary, real life ways in which the person could be connected and supported, right where they live.”

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