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The launch of the new Peer Support Network took place in Project Art Works’ new Arch 1 space on Wednesday 6th December. We welcomed support workers, carers, families and representatives from local community initiatives including the Support Worker Network, Shared Lives Carers and Disability Inclusion peer support.

Peer Support Network launch round up from projectartworks on Vimeo.

We discussed key findings from Project Art Works’ pilot study assessing support for people with complex needs, their families and support workers. You can read the summary here: (downloadable PAW_PSN handout).

 Community Networks Coordinator Esther Springett introduced her role and opened up discussion around accessing the Peer Support Network through bi-monthly Catch-ups which will alternate between days of the week and vary in time.

Key support and training needs identified for the year ahead were:

– How to structure and manage direct payments

– Positive Behaviour Support and Total Communication training

– SCIP (strategies for crisis intervention and prevention) training

– Support planning

– Support worker rates of pay

Heart of Hastings, Ore Valley

Community Organiser, Sam Kinch and Events Coordinator, Rossana Leal joined the launch to share long-term plans for building sustainable and affordable housing on the Ore Valley site. Plans include 6 units which will operate as shared care facilities.

Project Art Works and Heart of Hastings/ Community Land Trust are joining forces on exciting proposals for a gallery and inclusive venue in central Hastings. Families had a chance to find out more about the plans and express their interest.

Support Workers Network

Hear Millie talk about the network in this video:

Millie Rowland, A Shared Lives Carer from projectartworks on Vimeo.

Support Worker Network – join the discussion on Facebook.

‘Path’ planning

 Project Art Works Director, Kate Adams gave an overview of the ‘Path’ planning tool and how it can support families and individuals with complex needs to plan for the future. More information about Paths and care and support planning is available on the Helen Sanderson Associates website.

We are looking into hosting Path planning workshops in 2018, please let us know if you would like to book a place.

We discussed how the Peer Support Network can support services involved in decision making with individuals with complex needs by articulating need and highlighting a personalised approach. We look forward to welcoming representatives from across the health and social care sector to future network catch-ups and summits.

Dates for your diary

Network Catch-up: Tuesday 30th January 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Network Summit: Wednesday 28th March 10:00am – 1:00pm

Network Catch-up: Tuesday 29th May 2.00 – 4.00pm

Network Summit: Wednesday 25th July 1.30 – 4.30pm

If you would like to share your ideas or discuss the Peer Support Network in more detail, contact Esther – [email protected].

We wish you all a peaceful festive break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


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