Every individual we support has their unique goals and dreams
What each person does will be unique to them. We spend time listening to, and understanding, each person we support and their family. We learn about what’s important to them, what their needs and wants are and what goals they’d like to achieve.
Those goals will be different for everyone. For some people learning how to manage their money might be really important. For others it may be using public transport more confidently, learning to plan and cook meals, finding voluntary or paid work, learning how to sustain a healthy lifestyle or how to plan a holiday. We also encourage the people we support to maintain existing relationships and build new ones. We believe that, with the right help, individuals we support can live an active, engaged, meaningful life within their local community.
In our supportive, homely residential and supported living services we encourage individuals to fulfil their potential at their own pace and in their own time. Here they can safely learn how to gain confidence in their daily living skills and to start to take control of as many aspects of their life as they feel confident to do so.
Most of our services are in, or close to, towns, enabling the individuals we support to take advantage of a wealth of shopping, leisure and employment opportunities and community activities nearby. Here they can meet new people and extend their social networks – enhancing their confidence and self esteem and helping them to develop active, meaningful and fulfilling lives.
What does success look like?
We support individuals who will have their own view of what success means for them. For one person, using public transport and becoming more independent, managing their money or trying a new hobby may be life changing. For another it may be getting a part time job or taking a holiday.
Some of the individuals we support may not have had the opportunity to achieve their goals in other settings. At Consensus, we work with them to build their self esteem and independence so they can start to explore their goals – that in itself may be their first sight of success.
Everything we do is about giving a person the opportunities and choices they need to achieve success and live their life in the way they choose. This includes supporting people to find work.
Sensory sensation with seated Yoga
Yoga can be incredibly beneficial for people with mobility issues, including those with disabilities. Bertie has been the visiting Yoga teacher at Station Road in Kettering, for nearly two years. Leading the sessions once a fortnight, he encourages the individuals to come together and enjoy the relaxation and sensory experience.
Inclusive approach gives Roger a confidence boost
Roger who is supported by the team at our outstanding service Norwich Road in Ipswich recently became involved in Consensus’ values-based recruitment process. In line with organisational values Consensus actively encourage an inclusive approach in all aspects of support provision and that includes interviewing potential employees.
From secure hospital to King of his own Castle
Sat on a comfy armchair surrounded by photos of loved ones, is Anthony. The first thing you notice is his calm demeanour. An air of contentment. A quiet sense of pride. Anthony is enjoying the comforts of his home – the King of his Castle. So, why is this striking? Anthony has learning disabilities and complex needs and prior to Cheshire House, spent 20 years in a secure hospital.