thezachproject has been live for a whole month!
I can’t believe the flying start it has got off to. Zach goes off every morning looking happy and he is doing so many activities and getting out and about in the community each day which he really enjoys.
John and I have been regular visitors to Scott House on the weekends doing little jobs and finishing off stuff that was started which we didn’t have time to finish and I am guessing that we will need to keep doing that and adding things which we think of along the way.
One of the scary things is that Hertfordshire Social Services only agreed to fund it for 3 months initially, they want proof that it is working and that Zach is benefitting. I go through moments of panic about this, especially as we are a month in and also moments of clarity when I wonder what else they maybe able to offer which would meet Zach’s needs, be person centred and effective in the same way and realise that it probably doesn’t exist!
From Wikipedia- Person-centred planning (PCP) is a set of approaches designed to assist someone to plan their life and supports. It is used most often as a life planning model to enable individuals with disabilities or otherwise requiring support to increase their personal self-determination and improve their own independence.
PCP is accepted as evidence based practice in many countries throughout the world. It is most often used for life planning with people with learning and developmental disabilities, though recently it has been advocated as a method of planning personalised support with many other sections of society who find themselves disempowered by traditional methods of service delivery, including children, people with physical disabilities, people with mental health issues and older people[
James who is Zach’s transition support worker is visiting Scott House next Thursday to see thezachproject in action and will hopefully be able to report back positively.
I am already thinking about what will come next for Zach…I don’t like to let the grass grow under my feet!
My hope and dream is to purchase a large house with maybe six bedrooms, large downstairs living accommodation too and a big garden. The house would be used for adults with learning disabilities as part of their journey towards semi independent living. The house would have all that our homes have, a well equipped kitchen and so on. The adults would visit the house regularly for short periods of time, maybe two nights to begin with and increase as their confidence grew. While at the house they would be supported 1:1 or 2:1 with their own support worker and learn daily living skills. It would be in effect I guess a sort of halfway home between home and semi independence.
To do this I need to either win the lottery or find an investor, I need to give it some serious thought.
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 x