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Presence To Contribution

March 2009

Tri-Counties Regional Center

By Claudia Bolton, HSA

Helen Sanderson Associates


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Community Building: A definition from the experience of Options in Madison, WI.

Community building is the way we learn about purposefully forming and organizing relationships, based on an emerging plan which captures a person’s desire to explore and develop new memberships and relationships.

Community building is focused on extending a person’s opportunities to contribute to mutual relationships and is consciously oriented toward building the habits and skills of welcome in community settings.

Members of Each Other, by John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien, 1996


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Community Options in Madison, WI.

What does “Community” Mean to You?


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Moving from Service Life to Community Life Options in Madison, WI.

A Good Paid

Life

CommunityLife

Service

Life

‘Important to’ recognized

Focus on connecting,

building relationships

and natural supports

‘Important to’ present

  • To and for present

  • Closest people are

  • paid or family

  • Few real connections

  • Important for addressed

  • No organized effort to address important to

  • To and for present

  • Active circle of support

  • Included in community life

© The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, Inc. 2008


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Moving from Service Life to Community Life Options in Madison, WI.

A Good Paid

Life

CommunityLife

Service

Life

  • To and for present

  • Closest people are

  • paid or family

  • Few real connections

  • Important for addressed

  • No organized effort to address important to

  • To and for present

  • Active circle of support

  • Included in community life

© The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, Inc. 2008


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Relationship and Community Building Options in Madison, WI.

Work Must Be Intentional.

What Can We Do To Make Sure It Happens?

Even When the Laundry Is Not Done


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The Community Connection Approach Options in Madison, WI.

  • Learning about the person

  • Community Mapping

  • Mapping our networks

  • Making a contribution

  • Sustaining and Building Opportunities


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Learning about the Person Options in Madison, WI.

Several Tools:

Circle of Support

Relationship Map

Good Day, Bad Day

What is Important to Me (from PCT)

Who am I, My Gifts and Capacities

Who am I, My Style

Hopes and Dreams


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Relationship Mapping Options in Madison, WI.

How these tools help:

Identifies who is important to the person

Who can contribute to getting the person better connected

Identifies relationships that can be strengthened and supported

Shows the balance of family, friends and paid support in the person’s life

Identifies community opportunities for participation


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Relationship Map Options in Madison, WI.

Original map developed by Judith Snow

Modified by Claudia Bolton

Exchange

Participation

Friendship

Intimacy

Participation: People, work, organizations, networks, associations, volunteering, community places you participate in

Intimacy: People you love, who love you, partners, family, friends,anchors, (can include pets and animals)

Exchange: People who you pay or who are paid to provide services to you: hairdresser, doctor, landlord, bank teller, teacher, personal assistant, employees.

Friendship: People you like, friends, family, people you like to be with, people who like to be with you (can include pets and animals)


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Friendship Options in Madison, WI.

Acquaintance

Membership

Keeping in Touch

Being Part of a Family

Having a Partner

Being a Neighbor

Being Known in a Neighborhood

Ties and Connections


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John O’Brien, Reflecting on Social Roles Options in Madison, WI.

June 2006


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Pam the Artist Options in Madison, WI.


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Pam has a gift with animals Options in Madison, WI.


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Good Day Options in Madison, WI.

Bad Day


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Working Gifts and Waiting Gifts Options in Madison, WI.

“We all have Working Gifts…These are the gifts we develop and strengthen throughout our lives. But we also have waiting Gifts, Gifts waiting to be called and developed.

We don’t often know what are waiting gifts are until we’re pressed into service”.

Henry Moore, Asset Based Community Development, When People Care Enough to Act, Green, More and O’Brien, 2006




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Support For Pam Options in Madison, WI.

People who:

Will stay until the event is over

Can go at my pace (slow)

Will not get into power struggles

Will not take it personal when I am in a bad mood

Will laugh and be silly with me

Information and expectations about what will happen when we get there

Support to get ready to go

Physical assistance when the ground is uneven or I am tired

Close attention paid to me so I don’t do things that are unwelcome by others

Ability to; distract me or make me laugh when I am in a bad mood

Scout out new opportunities where I will be a welcomed member

Must love animals, country and Christmas music, crafts, visiting the elderly and my family


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Community Opportunities Options in Madison, WI.


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COMMUNITY MAPPING Options in Madison, WI.

People – who do you know? What are the key relationships you have or want to develop?

Groups and associations – where do people meet up regularly in an organized or formal way?

Third places- those places in every community where locals gather to visit, share news and be among others.

Such places are a great spot to meet the neighborhood “connectors” (those people who know everyone else) and to assist someone to become a “regular”.


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COMMUNITY MAPPING Options in Madison, WI.

Sheila’s cafe

Citizens advice

Hospice shop

Betty

Health

Centre

Yoga

Slimming club

Church and Hall

flower arranging

class

Priest, Fr Simmons

home

Community centre

Women’s group

Coffee morning

George, pub landlord, darts, fishing, pool, open mike.

allotments

Library. Reading group.


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Are on neutral ground Options in Madison, WI.

Act as a leveler

Conversation is the main activity

Anyone can become a regular

They have a low profile

The mood is playful

They can feel like a home away from home

Third Places


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Cindy and Friends at Dennys Options in Madison, WI.



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Presence Community

Participation

Contribution


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From Presence to Contribution Community

Example from Helen Sanderson Associates, UK


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Presence to Contribution Community

Example from Julie Malette, HSA


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Community Groups Community

  • What are the groups expectations of it’s members?

  • What is the membership like?

  • Who are the welcomers?

  • What support will the person need?



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Patterns of Community Building Community

  • Pay attention to natural cues

  • Stand alongside

    Remember…

  • Nothing about relationships is fixed –

  • Community building work is rarely ever over


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Characteristics of a Community Connector Community

  • Confidence in understanding the person

  • Trusts community members

  • Has high expectations

  • Trusts people to work out problems and

  • Gently assists when needed

  • Calls on others willingness to help


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Community Connector Community

  • Is well connected

  • Focuses on gifts and capacities

  • Believes in community hospitality

  • Confidence in the capacity of people to do what is right

  • Has replenished capacity to forgive

  • Is flexible, and willing to laugh when things go wrong


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Staff Development and Community Building Skills Community

  • Have staff do their own relationship maps

  • Identify staff who are natural connectors

  • Encourage staff to get involved in the community themselves

  • Encourage staff to be more curious, out-going, and to take more risks

  • Use the Skills and Tools to shape Habits


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Learning About CommunityWhat Works and Doesn’t Work


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Cindy Community

With a Circle Graphic of the People in Her Life and their Roles


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The Four Questions Community

  • Things We’ve Tried

  • Things We’ve Learned

  • Things We are Pleased

    About

  • Things We are Concerned About

  • Plus One: Given what we know. What’s Next?



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Where do you reckon people you support are at along this arrow?

(Please fill in a square per person you support below, as in the example)

Community Life

A Good But Paid Life

Service Life

Important to recognized

Focus on connecting,

building relationships

Important to present

What is important for the person is addressed

No organized effort about what is important to the person, yet

What is important toandimportant for the person is present

Active Circle of support, Included in community life

What is important toandimportant for the person is present

Closest people are paid staff or family. Few other real connections with others

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Action Steps for Getting Started arrow?

Think about yourself or someone you support

Think about several ideas that seem most appealing for getting started

In a Round: share with your table members the ideas you have.

The freshest thinking from the table will be shared with the entire group of participants.


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From Presence to Contribution… arrow?

  • What Did You Learn?

  • What Will You Try?


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Claudia Bolton arrow?

4171 Starkes Grade Road

Placerville, CA 95667

530-644-6653

Cbolton@northstarsls.org


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