The 12 Days of Self Directed Support

12 Days of Self Directed Support in red writing with snow background and dark blue sky with snowflakes

For Christmas 2023, we are sharing our #12DaysOfSelfDirectedSupport with twelve top tips for Self Directing your Social Care and Health support. You can reference this as a complete tool kit for Self Directing your own support or you can select the sections which apply to your own personal circumstances. Day 1: Your Rights For people […]

Why aren’t we seeing progress in Adult Social Care transformation?

Adult Social Care Transformation

Setting the scene In our recent conversations with other experienced and esteemed practitioners in the field of health and social care, a regular topic keeps coming up. Why aren’t we seeing real progress in Adult Social Care transformation? Why now is it still seen as ‘progress’ when a student Social Worker talks about a person […]

Small Supports programme- a Strengths-based approach to providing support

We talk about being person-centred in social care, but what does this mean in the context of supporting people with learning disabilities or autistic people to leave a long-stay hospital or assessment and treatment unit? When we talk to leaders in adult social care they openly admit “we can do better for people” with regards […]

When professionalism is disrupted by personalisation

Meet Angie- an OT with a passion for Person Centred approaches! Meet Angie….she’s been an Occupational Therapist (OT) for 30 years, working in NHS and (more recently), independent OT roles to support people with developing and maintaining their independence and well-being. The introduction of Personalisation within the Health and Social Care sector made absolute sense […]

Carers Week 2021: Leah’s story

Leah’s story Here, Leah shares some of her story about caring for her three sons under the age of 18 who are all diagnosed with Autism and a range of other needs. Tell us about the people who you care for. How old are they? What sort of things do they need help/care with? I […]

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

In acknowledgement of Deaf Awareness Week 2021; we wanted to share the story of a lady called Emma who is registered as Deaf, that we’ve worked alongside to provide Support Brokerage with. How we work with Emma Emma is registered as Deaf; and she uses British Sign Language and an Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Team Imagineer

At Imagineer, our day-to-day team consists of the three of us: Liz, Mollie & Sarah. Although we didn’t deliberately set out to be a female-only team (as we do have male board members, and have had male staff working in the organisation previously); we have landed here for now, and we are a formidable trio! […]

The three layers of Community

What do we mean, when we talk about ‘Community’? The word ‘community’ can mean different things to different people. We can talk about community as a group of people with a shared interest or set of beliefs such as a sports club or a faith community. We can describe community as a geographic area in […]

Support Brokerage in practice

What does Support Brokerage look like in practice? When we’re delivering training or webinars about Support Brokerage we often explain it using the analogy of a car and a journey. The car The car represents a person’s life. The person is the driver of their own car. This represents the core principle of Support Brokerage, […]

The potential and momentum of meaningful connections

How can we understand the potential and momentum of meaningful connections? We connect with the world around us via People, Places and Opportunities. People who receive Health and Social Care service-based support often have limited networks which mainly consist of paid workers, professionals who are in their life on the basis of their label or […]

How ‘Purpose’ supports Well-Being

People we work with often ask ‘What supports wellbeing?’ The Care Act 2014 has an emphasis on Wellbeing and therefore it is a key aspect of all assessment and planning work in Health and Social Care. In the practice of Independent Support Brokerage and Person-Centred Planning, we often talk about the concept of ‘purpose’. However, […]

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