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Choice Support director co-authors new Reach standards

The Housing & Support Alliance and Paradigm launch Reach: Support for living an ordinary life.

Published by Pavillion and co-authored by Choice Support’s Director of Quality, Sarah Maguire, Reach: Support for living an ordinary life is about getting the support (paid and unpaid) you need to live the life you want. First launched by Paradigm in 2002, Reach was originally developed to ensure that there were clear standards for supported living. 

Speaking about the new publication, the H&SA and Paradigm say:

“Reach: Support for living an ordinary life is NOT an assessment tool. Reach is a resource and set of standards to encourage people to explore what support for living an ordinary life looks like for a person. If changes are needed in a person’s life, Reach helps you agree the desired changes, plan and take action together.

Reach: Support for living an ordinary life is NOT a model. No two lives should be the same.

Reach defines what Support for Living is through a set of 11 standards (these haven’t changed in this version) and helps to ensure people receive, or are moving towards, support for living their ordinary life.

Reach: Support for living an ordinary life, used honestly, will assist support providers and commissioners to meet their responsibilities to the people they support and the relevant regulatory bodies. One life, one set of standards; one process.”

Sarah Maguire adds:

“At Choice Support we have been working with the Reach standards for many years. They have proved invaluable in helping us really think about what we are doing to help people live their lives and take control of their support. Working on this new resource has taken this a step further, as it is easy to get lost in the paperwork and forget the complexity of the relationships that exist in and around the support we give to each person.Reach: Support for living an ordinary lifehelps us to re-focus and encourages us to sit down and talk to people, to really listen to each person and plan in a way that makes sense to them.”

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