WHAT IS INDEPENDENT FACILITATION?
Independent Facilitation is an ongoing process that supports an individual with a disability to develop a vision for their future and to take the steps necessary to work towards their dreams.
Facilitation involves a trained Facilitator working alongside a Person/Family over time. It involves expanding personal networks, planning and connecting people in community.
What does the Person/Family do?
Personal planning is the natural process of making decisions about your future.
- Come with an open mind
- Be prepared to think differently You plan so that you influence and control your future
- Plan so that you achieve the security in your life that you feel is important
- Be comfortable with exploring your goals in the context of community
- Plan so that you understand where you want to go, how you want to get there and identify who can help
- Identify resources you already have and those you might need, and identify where there are gaps
- Be prepared to bring the important people in your life together and consider who else might be involved
- Communicate openly with your Facilitator
- Inform your Facilitator of any changes in your life
- Capture your ideas, hopes and dreams with the help of your Facilitator who will support you in creating an action plan as you strive towards achieving your goals
- Be ready to get started! If your family is in a crisis situtation, this is not a time to get started with facilitation.
What does the Facilitator do?
- Listen deeply to what an individual feels is important now and for the future
- Assist the person’s voice to be heard by others
- Guide the planning process at the pace that is right for the person and their friends and/or family
- Assist people and their support networks to be good at planning and decision making
- Provide written plans that make sense to the person
- Help the person develop relationships and build a strong network of friends and/or family
- See the person, along with their friends and/or family (their support network), as the decision-makers
- Explore people and places to help the person build a life in their neighbourhood and community
- Connect people with those community places that are most meaningful to them
- Help move ideas into action and develop action plans of what is needed
- Assist the community to respond to people and their plans
- Help the person and their support network review how things are going