We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing things that matter to us.
At first glance this is such a simple statement that it should be obvious but, for many people who draw on social care support, this is not the reality. MacIntyre made a conscious decision to join the Social Care Future movement which, along with other organisations, people who draw on support and individuals is collaborating to share the vision and make the shift to this new future.
Earlier this year MacIntyre and three other provider organisations – Certitude, Choice Support and United Response – made a commitment to show that you can be “more than a provider” and planning started for the first of a series of “More than A Provider” gatherings, in partnership with Social Care Future.
The first More than a Provider gathering took place in Manchester in June with contributions from a variety of other organisations to share ideas and examples of how this vision could look in practice.
During the day we saw:
- how to create your own Public Living Room, bring people together in a safe supportive way, have fun and develop supportive relationships with Camerados.
- an interactive Supported Loving & 2BUWakefield session with activities, toolkits and stories about how this open movement promotes everyone’s right to the same sexual and romantic freedom from Choice Support
- how bringing people together through shared interests, rethinking volunteering and wellbeing is making a real local impact via their Two Hour Club with The Ashton Community Circle
- how the Stepping Out and Good Neighbour projects are connecting people with shared interests in their local communities, building relationships and leaving traditional day services behind with IAS
- the power of participatory arts to innovate in public involvement and engagement with Made By Mortals
- taking a hyper-local approach and using people’s connections to recruit workers, particularly people who don’t know that they want to work in social care with Tricia Nicoll
- how looking outwards has resulted in more of everything and ideas on how to do it with MacIntyre’s Chesterfield Community Project team
- sharing the impact of social prescribing across Greater Manchester through videos and discussion with The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
- how the Good Lives Framework brings together people’s thoughts and ideas about what it will take for everyone with learning disabilities to be able to live their good life with Learning Disability England
- building a picture of What a Community Means to You with Community Catalysts
- building a North Community Projects Map to make new connections and networks
This short film gives a snapshot of the day: