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Widening choices for older people with high support needs – lessons from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded research

NDTi together with Community Catalysts is sharing and disseminating lessons from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded research ‘Widening choices for older people with high support needs’.

Widening choices for older people with high support needs

Workshop materials

On the right hand site of this page you will find a set of workshop materials that provides a framework for a half-day workshop for local discussion and action planning. Its focus is on widening the choices for older people by increasing the availability of models and arrangements that are based on positive mutual relationships and older people’s contributions. The materials draw on the experience of NDTi and Community Catalysts (CC) in sharing and disseminating the lessons from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) funded study, Widening Choices for Older People with High Support Needs. The report and supporting documents provide important source material for the workshop, and can be found here.
 

The materials include:

  • Introduction
  • Facilitators’ notes
  • Outline programme for participants
  • Task sheets
  • Slide presentation
  • Useful references and links

If you need help delivering these workshops, NDTi has a track record in helping local organisations and national agencies to promote inclusion, combat discrimination and achieve age equality. We offer tailored training and customised development support on widening choices for older people with high support needs and age equality to meet your specific organisational needs. Please contact Carol Clifford for further information.

Who is it for?

This resource is primarily intended to be used by multi-agency groups of people living or working in a single locality - including older people, third sector organisations, the NHS, social care, housing and other service providers, and commissioners. However, the framework is sufficiently flexible to be used in a range of different settings (for example it has been used successfully with policy makers from across Scotland), and with different combinations of people. 

Why use it now?

Working through the issues and questions set out in the pack is an important first step towards increasing the menu of care and support options available to older people. It aims to raise awareness of what is already in place, and identifies what needs to happen locally to make such developments more widely available. It also addresses a key aspect of the Care Bill currently going through Parliament, which will place a duty on local authorities to provide a diverse range of support options for people in receipt of adult social care.

The workshop session will support work that is underway within adult social care to increase the availability of locally-delivered, flexible, personalised services. It will also contribute towards initiatives to build social capital, and to develop asset-based approaches to care and support that draw on the strengths that exist within communities. The workshop could therefore be used as part of a local approach to market development.

For further information please download the Introduction document on the right.

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