The NDTi strongly believes that communities are richer when everyone is included. What most of us want more than anything else is to live the life we want in our community of choice, with a home, a job, friends, a sense of belonging and support to achieve the things that are important to us.
As services respond to the implementation of the personalisation and localism agendas and people look for ways of making the best use of various personal budgets, achieving effective inclusion which supports the use of a full range of community resources and networks becomes more important. For some people however, this can be difficult to achieve.
We believe that community inclusion is equally important for all people be they children or young people, older people, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems or disabled people.
Making this happen can be a real challenge for some people
These issues have been at the heart of NDTi’s work for many years. We have learned that:
- People who receive support from health, social care or education agencies are often excluded from many positive roles and relationships in society.
- Health, social care and educational agencies tend to want to build and support community inclusion but often, through their operation, staffing and policies do not achieve this.
- Communities and societies themselves can exclude and marginalise people who are different or need additional support to lead their every day lives.
- Promoting inclusion means working with the person and the wider community beyond services. It involves combating ignorance, discrimination and crime; and working positively to improve access. It means supporting participation, not just being present; being a contributor, not just a consumer; belonging, not just attending.
Inclusion results in people having better, happier lives. It also often results in cost savings for services as people access a fuller range of community resources.
Responding to these challenges is an issue for all of us: local citizens; agencies planning and providing services and support; and anyone involved in how neighbourhoods and communities develop.
How can NDTi help?
We have developed a wide range of ways to help people respond to these challenges including:
Organisational and system change
Tailor made packages of support for health, social care and education planning and providing agencies (across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors) that aim to support you to make best use of available resources to genuinely understand, build and support community inclusion. This can include auditing and understanding current investment and outcomes, staff recruitment and training, individual planning and partnerships with community organisations. For further information please click here.
Training workshops run for between one and three days or can be brought together into training programmes. Workshops can be tailored to different audiences including front line staff, managers, people who use services, families and members of community organisations.
Training workshops include delivering social inclusion in practice, community mapping, individual community inclusion planning. For further information please click here.
A range of resources and articles such as the Social Inclusion Training Pack and the Inclusion Web. For further information please click here.
Please see the full range of training and support available in the Inclusion Programme leaflet attached on the right.
For more information contact Bill Love