Celebrating the positive



……………that’s exactly what we have been doing recently.



The support teams within the Liaise homes have been “Focusing on the positive in those we support”. The use of the ASDAN Towards Independence Programme has enabled the homes to “Create a positive learning culture” in which everyone is aware of “clear, shared goals” with regard to individual’s interests and consequent learning opportunities. The consistent, regular practice of these clear, shared goals over the last year has resulted in a number of individuals achieving their ASDAN Awards in their areas of special interest – namely cooking, art and sensory activities.

Recently, Andrea Ede, Learning and Development Manager, and Linzi Holt, ASDAN Co-ordinator, joined these learners in Applelea, Cornview, Sansa House and Baytrees and presented them with their ASDAN certificates – some rather lovely cakes were also shared!

  Cornview     Applelea     Baytrees     Sansa

There was a joint celebration. This learning would not take place without the consistency of learning support from the support teams in the homes. To show Liaises’ appreciation of the commitment co-workers have put into getting ASDAN running in their homes, co-worker teams also received certificates.

Our values

Not long ago a group of co-workers sat around in a room and tried to pull together what the values are for Liaise. Now, this might sound easy, but it isn’t! We all “knew” what Liaise stood for, but refining it down to a few words that are quickly meaningful to others took a bit of work.

You might wonder why we wanted to write them down because if everyone “knew” anyway? Because it helps us stay focused on them.

What we came up with was:

  • Positive
  • Empowering
  • Open

These provides us with a check-list to reflect on when we are writing something for co-workers, or even when writing this blog

It is a starting point when we want to look at developing new opportunities for co-workers and for the organisation. When we look at developing projects, we can use them to make sure that both the idea and the implementation match out values.

Our Values are the principles that we want to underpin everything that we do and how we do it.

We are Positive

This means that we:

  • Engage with and manage co-workers positively
  • Respect everyone’s contributions
  • Focus on the positive in those we support

We are Empowering

This means that we:

  • Create a positive learning culture
  • Enable people to take responsibility
  • Give people opportunities for personal growth

We are Open

This means that we:

  • Ensure all our communications are easily understood
  • Embrace our duty of candour
  • Have clear, shared goals