Help & Connect is an innovation that was first developed by Kate Fulton, Kellie Woodley and Simon Duffy with Skills for People in Newcastle. It is a way of rethinking advocacy, brokerage and community support - to make best use of the skills of people, families and paid staff.
There are six elements to Help and Connect:
Over the past 18 months the Help & Connect model has been flourishing at Skills for People, helping over 100 people. It is interesting to note that what has been particularly successful is the Planning Cafe and the information that Skills for People share with people at the events. People seem to really value a natural, ordinary and informal way of thinking which gives them a chance to learn from other people's experiences. It is much more efficient than a professional one-to-one intervention because it recognises people's expertise and capacity. It is now being supported by Newcastle and North Tyneside.
The publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform.
Help and Connect Model © Kate Fulton, Kellie Woodley and Simon Duffy 2012.
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