4.1b Identify one person you work with and find out how you might support them to have better links with their community. Make sure you discuss it with them and maybe even a carer or relative.

What can help them to maintain their involvement or achieve their goals? Together with the
individual identify one or two links which might be developed to add value to their life. Identify in
particular how this partnership might ensure better outcomes for the individual. Reflect on how
you might encourage those links further and what you might need to put into practice to support
and maintain them.

I work with a client that was quite lonely and expressed that he wanted to have friends and a girlfriend, however he seldom left the house and therefore never had the opportunities to meet people.

I spoke to the client several times to explain that the only way to meet people that could become friends would be to go out and join local groups or take part in activities. Then we researched various activities in the local area that he could try out to see if he liked them.

Over a period of several weeks, we went to several activities, most of which he didn’t like but there were some he enjoyed and so he continued to participate. These were two local discos for people with learning disabilities and a games night (darts, pool etc.) This resulted in a partnership between the client, his staff and the activity organisers.

Over time, he made friends and eventually got himself a girlfriend. This resulted in further partnership links between his staff team and his friends/girlfriend’s staff teams.