Community Based Personal Resilience Planning Project

This is a project jointly run by St Michaels Hospice, Aspire and Services for Independent Living. The project started at the end of April 2018 and will be completed at the end of March 2020.
Personal Resilience Planning in practical terms is about adopting a thinking ahead approach that supports people to plan for an expected or predictable change in their day to day life. The project  has developed a toolkit that supports people to consider what is important to them, how they can stay healthy and happy and whether there is anything in their life that they can improve. The  resulting plan will accessible by all the people important to the person at the centre of the plan including health professionals, given appropriate consents.

The project will work with people who-
• Have a Learning Disability
• Have a Physical Disability (ies) where there is evidence, or risk of periods of acute illness
• Have a Long Term Condition (s) where there is evidence, or risk of periods of acute illness
• Have a diagnosis of Dementia
• Are identified as being Frail
• Are a family Carer (not paid carers) including young carers, of a person who has one of the above.

Outcomes to the project for the people involved include:-
• Maintenance of health and wellbeing, to enable people to remain at home doing what they want to do for longer and improved resilience when dealing with change.
• Increased engagement with the community, and awareness of the value of people’s engagement with their community and the people in it.
• Development of resilient circles of support.
• Management of low level needs so they do not deteriorate and become a health or social care emergency.
• Reduction in the risk if difficult decisions being made under pressure should an emergency happen.
• Deeper understanding in health and social care professionals of what is important to the person they are supporting.
• Reduction in worry and anxiety of family carers when they think about the future.
• Reduced demand on emergency interventions and paid support in social care.

If you would like to hear more about the project, or discuss how it might link with your organisation and/or project please contact Sharon Mayglothling.
email or telephone 01432851000 x2640

Health & Social Care Awards – The results!

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28 September 2018

Health & Social Care Awards – The results!

Nominees from Services for Independent Living (SIL) enjoyed a wonderful night out hosted by the Hereford Times, to mark the first ever Health & Social Care Awards.

SIL, which was a finalist in five categories of the Awards, was delighted that two of its employees were chosen to win their category from the many nominations the judges received.

Elaine Powell, a Team Leader with SIL’s Independent Living at Home service, was chosen as the 2018 Care Hero for her unfailing hard work and drive to put the service user at the centre of everything she and her team do, while Amy Deacon, Senior Direct Payment Advisor, was given the award for her Outstanding Contribution to Social Care. Amy has worked with SIL for over 15 years and during this time she has worked tirelessly for the rights of the service user.

The Awards which covered a number of categories across the sector attracted a huge number of nominations and were judged by a panel of local health and social care representatives who were impressed by the high standard of the nominations.

For more information about SIL’s services visit, or call: 01568 616653; email:

Below from left: Amy receiving her award and Elaine with the High Sheriff.