This is the second report on our recent Organisational Planning Day. It is the most exciting experience to be in a room full of people who are looking forward with hope and enthusiasm!
We framed the discussions around: What does Flexi need to prepare now, in order to be prepared to meet the next 10 to 15 years. There was heaps of discussion and I have grouped it into the main themes but it is in no particular order.
Whole of Organisation: What we need to be focussed on:
Advocacy for people with disabilities
Promote public awareness and effective networking with other organisations
Continue the plans for The Village – this is what families want into the future as well as:
Working towards alternate accommodation options.
We need to continue support to people with Mental Health issues through:
Continue to promote the service to the community
Support staff to improve their Mental Health education
Develop respite accommodation opportunities
Parents and Carers of our Service Users would like us to facilitate better information on:
Legal requirements – health directives, financial planning, Role of the Adult Guardian
Legal documentation – who makes decisions, Wills, plans for future needs
Legal representatives to go to for advice
Get information about support groups
We need to be proactive in our ISP’s and ensure we have conversations with parents about:
Increased support to families and service users during times of crisis
Increased opportunities for community activities
Emergency plans and information sharing
We need to better address the needs of post school adults.
Transitions: greater life skills, living independently, career planning, challenging skills to develop further,
Ensure skills aren’t lost, further schooling opportunities, opportunities to build self esteem and confidence,
Maintaining relationships, supporting day planning and social interactions and an independent social life
Real work opportunities for service users – with “real” career or activity progression planning
Our service users are aging. We need to:
Ensure cross-skilling in Aged Care training
Facilitate research into the needs of people with disabilities who are ageing.
Parents of children with disabilities look tous for support in:
Early intervention with a focus on prevention (with greater support at period of diagnosis ie childhood)
Greater community education around disabilities
What we don’t think we can achieve or change right now BUT we will continue to Lobby for it!
Increased Transport availability for community access
more medical facilities in the Burdekin
Suitable accommodation for independent living
Council to ensure shops develop suitable access allowing accessibility for wheelchairs.
So there you have it. Lots of hard work went into this and we will be guided by these goals over the next year and then we will check our progress in a years time!