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Leading fuller lives: the Inclusion Web

Waymarks News
13 September 2017

Originally developed by NDTI, the Inclusion Web is a tool to help providers get to know people better, to work with them to achieve a more included life, and to track progress. Although just one of a number of alternative approaches in this area, Waymarks has chosen to use it to help the people we work alongside become more active in their communities.

Angela MacSharry, Senior Clinical Practitioner, writes.

Waymarks and the Inclusion Web have closely related goals, the most important of these being enabling individuals to have positive and safe relationships in their lives. Through using the Inclusion Web, we also expect to increase people’s independence, to encourage a wider range of experiences, choices and opportunities, and to help people move away from ‘specialist’ services.

The tool insists individuals are treated as a person, not as a label, and channels reflective practice into 9 ‘domains’:

  1. Neighbourhood and Family
  2. Employment
  3. Learning
  4. Identity
  5. Sports
  6. Volunteering
  7. Online
  8. Services
  9. Arts

The domains are really prompts for a wider conversation, and provide structures for subsequent action.

For the past three months, Waymarks has been laying the foundations for the Inclusion Web. So far, twelve people have chosen to take part and just one has declined; we will have rolled the approach out to everyone we support (who chooses to participate) by the end of the year.

We didn’t quite know what to expect in the first round of assessment. But the webs people created told us that in general people had more places in their lives than they did people (other than those paid to be there.) Waymarks is successful at getting people to access the community – but currently less successful at helping people build relationships when there. Now that might seem obvious, but the Inclusion Web has really helped us to quantify this, and to plan ways to make things better.

Whilst talking through the domains, the people we work alongside were able to suggest plans to increase social activities which will in turn create more opportunities to develop friendships. Over the coming months, the specialist support person will encourage the person we work alongside to actively work on the areas of their choosing. Waymarks’ Clinical Practitioners will review this monthly to ensure that progress is being made and that all individuals are fully supported.

Each individual will create their next Inclusion Web in 6 months’ time. I particularly hope to see an increase in the number of people involved in individuals’ lives; such an increase would really point to the power of the Inclusion Web to change lives.

I’ll be blogging regularly about Waymarks’ experience of using the Inclusion Web in the hope that our insights can be of use to others. Please do share this with anyone who might be interested.