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About the Innovations in community-centred support directory

This directory showcases types of support that are innovative in their approach to improving people’s health and wellbeing. They come in all shapes and sizes and share the following features:

  • they are person-centred
  • they work with people’s strengths
  • they are about supporting people to have a life and not a service.

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Why have a directory of innovations?

This directory is to showcase approaches that are reimagining social care and help to make them mainstream.

They can make a big difference and have a positive impact on people’s lives.  But they are marginal to the care and support landscape.

Who can use this directory?

  • commissioners
  • providers
  • People who access services and carers.

Our aim is that commissioners and providers will be inspired by these innovations. We urge you to invest in personalised support that is community and asset-based. 

People can also search for examples of practice that they might want to encourage in their local area or community.

What do we mean by an ‘innovation’ in social care?

We understand innovation to mean an approach that supports citizens, that embraces wellbeing, and appreciates the importance of supporting people to remain connected. 

So, ‘innovative’ models are those that keep people connected – or re-connect – to family, friends and communities.

We believe that this approach can and should be available to everybody who requires support to live their life, whatever the setting and whatever their illness or disability.

Inclusion in the directory does not indicate that TLAP are endorsing specific organisations, rather their approach meets criteria which we interpret as innovative. 

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