What happens when you bring together 80 people from different perspectives to talk about the future?
An opportunity for people to share ideas, listen to each other and have meaningful conversations about what is important to them.
On July 30th Community Living held our first Community Connections planning for the Future day- no one was quite sure how the day would unfold but everyone was deeply committed to creating a society where Community Living’s inspirational dream People with intellectual disabilities living their dreams through community connections can come true.
The purpose of the day was to include people and take our time and get it right. Our focus is always on the following:
Providing support that enables choice, flexibility and an ordinary life for the people we support
The quality of our support is central to supporting people to achieve their outcomes
Working in partnership with families/whanau, leading to great results for the people we support
Enabling staff to have positive outcomes for themselves
We wanted to talk about:
What does an individualised service look like?
How do we work in partnership with the people we support and their families/whanau, to achieve this
The next steps
The day was structured to provide an opportunity for people to use a variety of ways to express what was important to them. Groups worked together to create paintings that showed what community connections meant for them. People discussed our shared fears and dreams and what some of the opportunities may be with the many changes in the disability sector. Individuals talked about their lives and what they want for themselves, their family or whanau. We discussed possibilities and barriers and what were some of the practical steps that Community Living could take in partnership with people we support, family /whanau and staff. The group made decisions together with participants prioritising the most important steps for them.
The feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive with parents describing it as fun, constructive, challenging and a great opportunity to share experiences and learnings from the different perspectives. We have had families who have heard through the grapevine what a great day it was contacting us to be included in the next one.
All of the day’s conversations were captured and have been brought together in a report by Felicity Beadle from Bullzeye, the day’s facilitator. The summary report and easy read summary have been shared with the day’s participants and are available for you to read.
Thank you to all of you who participated on the day and thank you to all of you who helped make it happen by: doing the planning and logistics, talking about the event with the people we support and their families/whanau and by working together as a team to cover for your colleagues who were off site for the day.
We are all looking forward to our ongoing journey together as we live the dream and tell the story.