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Re-connecting hearts and minds the start of the Ordinary Life for All Network

In 2012 at Paradigm’s we were getting more and more concerned about what we see as the ‘over professionalisation’ of support.   Systems and processes which get on the way of people living an ordinary life.   We decided to invite John O’Brien and David Towell to facilitate what we called the, ‘Re-connecting Heart and Mind’ workshop.   John asked the group this question: ‘What threatens an organisation’s ability to support relationships that connect the heart and the mind?’

The discussion that followed was powerful.  Engaging our hearts and minds, highlighted the potential negative power of the service system and reminded us that it is all of us – the people supported, families, community and paid staff – not government or regulators who have the ability to remove the barriers to the ordinary life that so many people want.

The people the workshop committed to creating a network to ensure some action – the start of the Ensuring an Ordinary Life Network.  To read the summary of the days conversation and the resulting action see the Ordinary Life section of our website.

By a slightly random set of connections (always the best) Steve Coogan ended up coming along to the end of the day.  Hence the photo.  It’s a long story!

We are in process of preparing the workshop and activity programme for Ordinary Life Network in 2014/15.  If you are interested in becoming a member contact:  Sallyw@paradigm-uk.org

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Eileen Flavelle
Very powerful stuff Sally.

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