Our overall objective is to create the opportunities for 'ordinary lifestyles', based on 'Person Centred Planning' first developed in the 1980's by a small number of people including John O'Brien, Connie Lyle O'Brien, Beth Mount, Jack Pearpoint, Marsha Forest and Michael Smull.
A central idea behind our person centred planning is that it uses a collection of tools and approaches, based upon a set of shared values, that are used to plan with a person - not for them. These tools are used to help individuals to think about what is important in their lives now and also to think about what would make a good future.
Another objective is to ensure that our person centred planning goes beyond just the making of plans, but to create a space during which someone who is not usually listened to has central stage. It can insist that discussion is centred around what the individual is telling us, what is important to them in their own words and behaviours, as well as what others feel is important for the person. It can engage participants personally by allowing them to hear of deeply felt hopes and fears. It can assist people in a circle of support to re-frame their views of the person it is focused on.