Practice Statement: Meaningful Lives

People have productive and purposeful lives, whether this is accomplished through volunteering, continued learning, leisure activities or employment. We assist people to discover what they’d like by offering opportunities to see what’s available and honouring their choice.

Practice Definition: Meaningful Lives

What would be observed in practice:

  • People are supported to locate employment, education, volunteer and/or social roles or meaningful activities that match their goals, desires, skills and aptitudes
  • Discussions around work, social roles, training and other opportunities take place with people to enable an understanding of what’s available
  • Opportunities are provided for different experiences and individual preferences
  • A meaningful life is built around being person centred and focused on the individual
  • Resources are identified for people to enable them to develop their full potential
  • People are engaged, included, interactive and have a sense of belonging

Role-based Resources

Residential Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. Complete the “What is your Why” exercise for yourself and with/for the person you support, focussing most on the What and Why parts.
  2. Discuss/Reflect on what was most difficult about the exercise. What do you know about the Why’s (values) of the person you support? Can they tell you? Can others in their life tell you?
  3. How do your values impact on your work? How do they impact the person you support? And vice versa?
  4. Consider the What’s in the person’s circles. How do these align to their Why’s? Should you be looking at adding some more What’s to align more with their Why’s? What would these be?

Community Services

Discussion Questions

  1. Complete the “What is your Why” exercise for yourself and with/for the person you support, focussing most on the What and Why parts.
  2. Discuss/Reflect on what was most difficult about the exercise. What do you know about the values of the person you support? Can they tell you? Can others in their life tell you?
  3. How do your values impact on your work? How do they impact the person you support? And vice versa?
  4. Consider the What’s in the person’s circles. How do these align to their Why’s? Should you be looking at adding some more What’s to align more with their Why’s? What would these be?

Hub and Support Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. More to come…
Activities
  • More to come…
  • Managers and Coordinators

    Discussion Questions

    1. Read the article about Getting Beyond Engagement and consider the quote:
      “Even in unfavourable circumstances, people can experience an activity as meaningful when it resonates with chosen values, connects them with people they like, raises their sense of competence, or gives them an “ah-ha” moment of insight.”
      How can we achieve this for the people we support? (You might also find this useful for your teams.)
    2. Complete the “What is your Why?” exercise for yourself before the meeting. You may want to try out the “Start with Why” exercise as well and ask for your friends and family to help you out. What did you find out about yourself? Why might this be a useful exercise for staff? What about for the people we support?