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Practice Statement: Participation

People enjoy being actively engaged in meaningful day-to-day activities. We look after ourselves; we do chores and engage in hobbies; we help others; we see our friends and have a good time; and we enjoy a well-earned rest with a favourite pastime.

People who support the individual learn how to give them the right level of assistance so they can participate in all the typical daily activities that arise in life.

Participation and engagement are key parts of what we think of as our ‘quality of life’.

Practice Definition: Participation

What would be observed in practice:

  • People who support the individual give the right level of assistance, so that the person can participate in all the typical daily activities which they can manage
  • People are able to decide the extent and type of their participation, based on their preferences and interests
  • People have support to take part in a variety of activities in the community
  • Support is provided to allow and establish common interests with other people
  • People are supported to have regular opportunities to build a sense of belonging
  • Participation occurs frequently for each person being supported to ensure continuing engagement, inclusion, integration and a sense of belonging
  • Recording the opportunities people have (daily via personal diaries and monthly via keyworker reports and house meeting minutes) allows the quality of what is being arranged to be monitored and improvements to be made on the basis of evidence

Role-based Resources

Residential Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. Why should we encourage and support people to participate in their daily activities? How does this benefit them?
  2. Complete the activity with your team. Each team member now needs to consider one activity that one person in the house can’t do. How can you make this possible for them? (Be creative!)
  3. As a team brainstorm the challenges to participation that the people you support might experience and consider whether the strategies in the video might help you overcome them. If you need more strategies check out this webpage.

Activities

Click on the links below to access the resources provided.

    1. Challenges to participation
    2. Think of some opportunities where a person could be actively supported to participate under these four categories:
      a. Everyday tasks (ie generally in the home)
      b. Social activities.
      c. Leisure activities or sports.
      d. Staff tasks.
      Note down these opportunities.
      How can we introduce these activities at an appropriate pace or level for people to learn new skills?
      Can we do a little bit at a time to teach someone a new skill?
    3. Get people involved in their lives – connections

Community Services

Discussion Questions

  1. What does participation look like in your workplace?
  2. Why should we encourage and support people to actively participate in their daily activities? How does this benefit them?
  3. Write down the challenges to participation the people/person you support might experience and consider whether the strategies at the bottom of the webpage below might help you overcome them.

Activities

    Click on the link below to access the resource, the relevant information is at the bottom of the resource page.

  1. Common Challenges and Strategies (for Participation)

Hub and Support Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. More to come…

Activities

  1. More to come…

Managers and Coordinators

Discussion Questions

  1. What should the key focus of support staff work be? What message are we sending them through our management focus? (EG cleaning, personal cares, risk management)
  2. How do we know what staff are doing and how they are performing when not observed? What other ways can we make sure staff are doing the “right” things?
  3. In what ways can coordinators and managers role model participatory practice when visiting sites and houses?

Activities

    Click on the Links below to access the resources.

  1. The BILD Practice Leadership paper
  2. Challenges to participation

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