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Toolkits

The toolkits in this section are for support workers to use directly with service users. Each toolkit contains materials for a series of discussions that get service users to think about their social and emotional aspirations in a structured way and to work out with their support worker action plans for fulfilling these aspirations.

The questions for each discussion are addressed directly to the service user or client themselves and the activities are designed for them to complete. At each discussion the support worker should introduce the activity, using the ‘introductory text' as a guide.

The support worker can then work with the service user to undertake and complete the activity. Each activity should be undertaken separately and there should be a time for reflection between doing each activity. It is not intended that all the activities are undertaking in one sitting. The gap between each activity might be a day or two, but should be no more than a week. Each activity should take between 30 minutes and an hour.

In all the toolkit should be completed over a period of six to eight weeks, though implementing the decisions, taking action and reviewing the impact will take longer.

  • Interviewing skills - guidance for support workers on effective interviewing skills that are needed to use the toolkits and conduct the discussions
  • Identity - discussion materials to prompt service users to reflect on how they see themselves, how others see them, what they value and feel proud of, and the things they want to change
  • Relationships - discussion materials to get service users to reflect on and consider current and past loving relationships, aspirations for the future, and steps to take to meet and get to know new people
  • Family and friends - discussion materials to get service users to think about who they currently spend time with, who's important to them in their life, who they'd like to see more or less of.
  • Spirituality - discussion materials to encourage service users to explore their spiritual or religious beliefs, backgrounds and aspirations, and to draw up an action plan detailing the ways in which they might be supported to express and explore these further. This includes both a full-length toolkit and a single session version.
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