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 people to be engaged and participate in everyday activities?
  2. Watch the video below and think about how you might better support people to participate in a range of activities. See below for some suggestions

Activities

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    1. We are Engaged 
      Think of some opportunities where a person could be actively supported to participate under these categories:

      1. Everyday tasks in and around their home
      2. Social activities
      3. Leisure activities or sports, Think about the holiday period coming up etc.
      4. Tasks that staff may typically do that are appropriate

Community Services

Discussion Questions

  1. Why should we encourage people to be engaged in everyday activities? How does this help people be aspirational?
  2. Think about how we can use the “every moment has potential” idea (as discussed in the video below) to really engage people we support in participating in all areas of life. From everyday activities to being active members of their communities?

Activities

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  1. Putting it into Practice

Respite

Discussion Questions

  1. Why should we encourage people to be engaged in everyday activities? How does this help people be aspirational?
  2. Think about how we can use the “every moment has potential” idea (as discussed in the video below) to really engage people we support in participating in all areas of life. From everyday activities to being active members of their communities?

Managers and Coordinators

Discussion Questions

  1. What message are we giving staff through our management practices? (ie cleaning, personal cares, risk management). How might this result in people we support being less engaged? How do we better balance duty of care and active participation?
  2. In what ways can coordinators and managers role model participatory practice when visiting sites and houses?
  3. Read the blog extract  below in relation to question 2

Activities

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