Person Centred Planning is about putting the person at the centre of their life, giving them the power and choices that we all enjoy. As a disability organisation, it is up to us to ensure we create programs that reflect the lifestyle choices that our clients and supported employees desire.
Person centredness is not a new strategy or latest fad but a whole way of thinking regarding the people we support in helping them to express and realise, with the support of their families and friends, the lives they choose. A big part of the person centred approach is that all people have a right to be included equally in community life. Person centred approaches include looking outside the service and staff for meaningful and enjoyable ways in which our clients can participate in the community. To understand what the person desires in their life both within and outside the service PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) will be a tool that is used to support a person in living their dreams.
For Windgap to roll out a comprehensive person centred approach, we enlisted the expertise of The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) at the University of Sydney to facilitate a champions program which educates and supports staff, clients and supported employees to initiate a culture of person centred thinking. Champion positions were offered to all Windgap staff, clients, supported employees and families. From the expressions of interest, 22 people were chosen across the organization to participate in several two-day workshops with CDS to learn about person centred approaches and how to support their peers and clients in this cultural shift.
The PCP Champions learnt great skills such as: how to facilitate small group meetings, relationship building, understand person centred planning tools, active listening and conducting solution circles. These skills and many more will help in all aspects of Windgap in supporting our clients as well as creating opportunities for deeper job satisfaction.
Windgap is very excited by the prospects for all our clients in this holistic approach to their lives and we look forward to discovering more about the people we support whilst walking with them in their life journey.
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