Practice Statement: Valued Social Roles

A valued social role is when a person does something regularly that is important to other people.

Context:

  • A valued social role must be perceived by others as being important. Something that is valuable to the person but is not valued by other people is not a valued SOCIAL role. A role like this may still provide the person with enjoyment and satisfaction so continue doing it, just count it under a more appropriate measure rather than a valued social role.
  • Valued social roles are about contribution to other people, this contribution can be small or large so long as other people value it
  • Valued social roles can occur anywhere, both in the community and in the home
  • A person should aim to have several valued social roles not just one or two. The more valued social roles a person has the more chances they have to make friends, be involved with different communities and be provided with opportunities to access the good things in life.
  • A valued social role can have value because it requires special skills
  • A valued social role can have value because it makes other people feel good
  • A valued social role can have value because the output is valued
  • A valued social role can have value because it connects with other people who are valued
  • A valued social role is ongoing
  • A valued social role can be tested by other people noticing that they are missing
  • A valued social role can bring a sense of satisfaction to the person
  • A valued social role can provide an opportunity for personal growth for the person
  • A valued social role can be meaningful for the person

Practice Definition: Valued Social Roles

What would be observed in practice:

  • People fill a variety of social roles and are treated as valued members of their communities
  • People have opportunities to experience and perform different roles in their communities, based on their areas of interest
  • People are able to decide which social roles they’d like to perform by experiencing a broad array of options within their local communities
  • Supports are provided to assist people to learn the skills and behaviours necessary for filling a variety of social roles

Role-based Resources

Residential Staff

Discussion Questions

  1. Think about the social roles you have. What are they and how are they valued by others? Conversely, what might not being valued feel like?
  2. Watch the video and consider the social roles people we support have. These could vary from being a friend or flatmate, a member of a sports team or club to being in either voluntary or paid employment. List 3 ways that you could assist a person we support to turn a social role into something that is also valued by others.

Activities

 

Community Services

Discussion Questions

  1. Think about the social roles you have. What are they and how are they valued by others? Conversely, what might not being valued feel like?
  2. Watch the video and consider the social roles people we support have. These could vary from being a friend or flatmate, a member of a sports team or club to being in either voluntary or paid employment. List 3 ways that you could assist a person we support to turn a social role into something that is also valued by others.
Activities

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Respite

Discussion Questions

  1. Think about the social roles you have. What are they and how are they valued by others? Conversely, what might not being valued feel like?
  2. Watch the video and consider the social roles people we support have. These could vary from being a friend or flatmate, a member of a sports team or club to being in either voluntary or paid employment. List 3 ways that you could assist a person we support to turn a social role into something that is also valued by others.

Activities

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Managers and Coordinators

Discussion Questions

  1. Read the article ‘Carving Out Meaningful Roles’ and in particular refer to sections 1, 4 and 5.In your leadership role, what will you do to enable people we support to broaden their skills and develop capacity to take on socially valued roles that are meaningful and sustainable?