Practice Statement: Community Inclusion

Being in the community brings us into contact with people on many levels and in a variety of settings. Some of our contacts are casual (greeting a neighbour, chatting with a shopkeeper), while others are more formal (seeing the dentist, working with others on a job). Sometimes these contacts develop into closer relationships over time.

Practice Definition: Community Inclusion

What would be observed in practice:

  • People have contact with a broad range of people outside of Spectrum Care, including cultural and spiritual needs
  • Participation in the community results in meaningful interaction with other people, leading to enhanced personal relationships, expanded social roles and deeper involvement in community activities
  • Connections with family members, friends and co-workers are maintained and encouraged to allow more avenues for people to have a wide range of contacts and involvement within their local community
  • People have the opportunity, freedom and support to define what level of contact they want for themselves. No predetermined level of interaction is expected
  • People with limited experiences in meeting others have the opportunity and support to meet and interact with other people
  • Services do not limit opportunities to have contact with others, eg rostered hours are flexible to meet the needs of people supported

Role-based Resources

Residential Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. Read the article and consider different ways in which you can support people to participate as active members of their community rather than simply being present.
  2. How can you increase social and unpaid relationships in a person’s life? List three ideas that would provide opportunities for someone you support to build and develop those relationships.
  3. Watch the video, what is the impact of having more unpaid relationships in people’s lives? Have a conversation with a person you support and their network to find out what they may want to do and what it would take to put this into practice.

Community Services

Discussion Questions

  1. Read the article and consider different ways in which you can support people to participate as active members of their community rather than simply being present.
  2. How can you increase social and unpaid relationships in a person’s life? List three ideas that would provide opportunities for someone you support to build and develop those relationships.
  3. Watch the video, what is the impact of having more unpaid relationships in people’s lives? Have a conversation with a person you support and their network to find out what they may want to do and what it would take to put this into practice.

Respite

Discussion Questions

  1. Read the article and consider different ways in which you can support people to participate as active members of their community rather than simply being present.
  2. How can you increase social and unpaid relationships in a person’s life? List three ideas that would provide opportunities for someone you support to build and develop those relationships.
  3. Watch the video, what is the impact of having more unpaid relationships in people’s lives? Have a conversation with a person you support and their network to find out what they may want to do and what it would take to put this into practice.

Managers and Coordinators

Discussion Questions

  1. Read the John O’Brien article. Split into 3 groups and take a few minutes to review the lists of Actions that Build Community for the 3 different perspectives.
  2. How do these lists compare across the different perspectives?
  3. What are some of the barriers, opportunities and things that you could do differently to influence positive community inclusion for people we support?
  4. Relationships can positively shape the ways people interact with their communities. Watch the video and think about ways in which you can encourage your team to assist people we support to build everyday relationships with people outside of their current network.