The model of support for people with a learning disability has changed dramatically over the years. Previously ‘providing care’ meant that everything was done for the person. Active Support is very different as it allows the individual to grow, build their own independence and develop their own skills. It also makes everyone’s day far more meaningful and enjoyable!
The Orbis model is underpinned by Positive Behavioural Support, and Active Support sits wthin this framework as a way of supporting people to be fully involved in their own daily tasks and activities, so all the things that we do and take for granted, such as personal care, domestic skills, social activities and household tasks.
Such is our belief in the model that on 4th July 2019 Orbis renamed Independence Day, Active Support Day. We celebrated Active Support in all of its forms across the group, as well as produced a Small Book of Active Support that we hand out at conferences and share among the staff to really embed the model’s ethos.