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This tool helps to identify places, which are important to a person.

Questions to explore:

  • Places where I feel good
  • Places where I am a member
  • Places where new connections can be made
  • Places where connections can be strengthened
  • Places where I am a customer


 
Links

More information about community connecting you find on the on the website of Helen Sanderson Associates

Literature

SANDERSON, Helen, LIVESLEY, Michelle, POLL, Carl, KENNEDY, Jo (2008): Community Connecting. Stockport: HSA Press

The relationship map records who is in the person’s life. Presented as a graphic of circles inside one another it records family, friends, paid support, unpaid support or work colleagues. The person is supported to write the names of people they know in each of the sections.

This tool will help services

  • To discover the important people in the person’s life
  • Find out if there are key people who may not be apparent
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Discover where there are gaps and consider what need to be done to increase who is in the person’s life
  • Consider who may be in the persons circle of support

An example of the tool you will find in the story of Thomas, who used the relationship map to find out who to ask to go with him to the Christmas party in his company.

Link

A template of the tool you will find here.

The short description of the method in the minibook person centred thinking you find here.

An explanation of the tool and podcasts about circles you can also find on the website of Helen Sanderson Associates

Literature

SANDERSON, Helen & GOODWIN, Gill (2007): Person Centred Thinking Stockport: HSA Press.http://www.personcentredplanning.eu/files/hsa_minibook_pcp.pdf

A community map can be drawn by a diverse group of people from a community. 
On a big piece of paper a map with all interesting places, clubs, firms and key persons is drawn:

What are companies, associations or organisations that may be interessting for us?
Who are the key persons in this city? Who knows a lot of people? Who has a big influence?
Where are open place, where people are welcomed? What are the place that the people we support use?
The aim of this method is to widen the perspective towards community ressources and to foster new connections into the community.

Links

More information about community connecting you find on the on the website of Helen Sanderson Associates

Literature

O’BRIEN, John & BLESSING, Carol (2011): Conversations on Citizenship and Person-Centred Work. Toronto: Inclusion Press
MESSINGER, Gary; MILLS, Lisa (2005): Sharing community. Strategies, Tips and Lessons Learned from Experiences of Community Building at Options. Madison: Atwood Publishing. 
SANDERSON, Helen, POLL, Carl, KENNEDY, Jo (2009): In Community. Practical lessons in supporting isolated people to be part of community. Stockport: HSA Press
SANDERSON, Helen, LIVESLEY, Michelle, POLL, Carl, KENNEDY, Jo (2008): Community Connecting. Stockport: HSA Press

Mapping our networks helps supporters to map out their own networks.

For more information, see here

For more information on this issue, see the HSA-Minibook 'Community Connection'

This tool helps to explore family resources. All family members are listed, and then information about their jobs, connections and interests are added. This can help to identify persons within the family who may be helpful for the person.


 
Links

A bigger version of the family treasure map you find here.