By Julie Stansfield
This week has been a pretty usual week. It was spent meeting
lots of different people from different organisations and sectors
talking about personalisation, what's not working with the various
systems and the many challenges that professionals and individuals
and family members face. I have also come across a number of news
articles and blogs focusing on the state of personalisation and as
Martin Routledge describes, the "failure narrative".
On my final leg home, I found myself sitting on the train
pondering over these worries and asking myself the question of when
the bigger picture and vision got lost in all of this and can we
even remember what it is? For me the vision is creating a world
that embraces difference. One in which there is recognition that
all people have a gift and something to contribute and where people
matter and feel they belong. So why aren't we focusing our energy
on making it happen?
Worry about the RAS if you must... but having a real
conversation with people if far more efficient and productive.
Worry about ensuring the system process is perfect...but while
you're doing this there are people waiting for answers and they
already know what support they need whether this fits into your
protocols or not. Worry about all the different implications...but
think then about the implications of not moving forward with
We can spend our lives deliberating and arguing over the best
way to get to a destination but for goodness sake we just need to
step forward and start moving. Make it your mission to take some
small steps to a better place. You will be amazed at how liberating
just doing something is.
Please take the time to read a joint blog post from
Martin Routledge, Vidhya Alakeson, Miro Griffths and Alex Fox which
makes some excellent suggestions for moving forward with
personalisation and driving improvements. There's certainly much
food for thought in the blog and they're encouraging people to
comment on whether these are the right ideas.
There has also been an excellent blog post this week from Jenny Morris which stresses the importance of
councils and others keeping hold of the lessons learnt from the
past as personalisation is implemented and the fact that there
remains a high gap between policy rhetoric and reality.
So please do read these blogs and take the time to
consider their points and make comments - maybe this could be the
first small step you take to helping make big changes for