Southampton (GB)

Examining best practices in inclusion

Services for groups with higher support needs

Project

Services for groups with higher support needs

Background, context and reasons why the project is needed.

  • One size fits all approach has been used in the past – offering the same service to those less able to work independently
  • Service has become strained by high support needs of individuals placed in unsustainable settings

What are the project’s
objectives?

  • To provide settings for meaningful, work focussed activities for groups of individuals 
  • For individuals to become more involved in working in and contributing to the local community and community based services
  • To record appropriate progression for individuals

How will it be approached?

  • Establish areas of common interest
  • Approach relevant employers / services / community organisations
  • Develop appropriate meaningful work-related tasks
  • Trial group
  • Develop group if successful

What is the scope of the project? / What are its boundaries?

Covers:

  • Assessment of interests
  • Development of activities
  • Set up, trial and evaluation of groups
  • Individually tailored support to individuals 

What are the intended outcomes?  / How can these be measured? / What are the critical success factors?

  • Set up a minimum of three work-focused activity groups
  • Work with a minimum of ten individuals
  • Develop action plans and assess the progression of ten individuals

Are there any constraints?

  • Staff resources
  • Time to implement first phase (Jan 09 – Oct 10)
  • Budget for materials

Are you making any assumptions?

  • Availability of suitable activities