At Imagineer CIC we are focused on sharing what we have learnt for those who are walking similar journeys.

We recognise that we would not have reached the place we find ourselves in today if those that have dared to do things differently, for the right reasons, had not shared their learning and experiences.

We hold a great deal of respect and gratitude to those who have shared their own learning freely and openly which has helped to shape our thinking and we hope through our endeavours can feed into the community of learning.

On this page we share the papers we have written and we hope you enjoy them.

Guest publication: “How Personalisation disrupted my professional practice”   – September 2021

Meet Angie….she’s been an Occupational Therapist (OT) for 30 years, working in NHS and (more recently), independent OT roles to support people with developing and maintaining their independence and well-being.

Angie completed her training with Imagineer as an Independent Support Broker, and she joined the National Brokerage Network. She has gone on to use her unique skill set as a registered Occupational Therapist, and an Accredited Support Broker to assist people with designing support which makes sense for them. Angie writes about her experiences and reflects on the impact of Support Brokerage in her article “My whole profession being disrupted by Personalisation”.

Angie's Article 2021

Read Angie’s article here.

Exploring the Strength of Community – 2020

This discussion paper, published in collaboration with the Centre for Welfare Reform addresses the question: ‘Does community hold the key to wellbeing?’

Community holds the assets, resources and connections required to sustain its citizens.

The Covid-19 outbreak in the UK in February 2020 triggered an accelerated movement of community resilience.

In this paper Sarah Holmes and Liz Leach Murphy explore ways that we can maintain the strength of community – that has gained real traction during the coronavirus pandemic – as a long-term alternative to the broken and inefficient welfare systems we currently have in place.
The paper explore the changes – some subtle and some more radical – which could help to shape a fair, equal and better society:

  • Changes to government policy
  • Changes to systems and structures
  • Radical change (an upside-down picture of society and the devolution of power to communities)

We have a powerful and urgent opportunity to review the way we used to do things before Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ came into effect. It is now time to consider the proper use of public monies to support stronger, more efficient and democratic ways of promoting and enabling wellbeing for all citizens.

Here is a copy of the paper ‘Exploring the Strength of Community’

The publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

What does ‘good’ look like? – 2020

This paper is intended for those who are leading change in their approaches to personalisation, including;

  • social workers
  • team managers
  • heads of service
  • directors of service
  • commissioners within health and social care

It is written as a commentary paper about the development of Independent Support Brokerage in the UK as part of the wider concept of Self-Directed Support.

The paper explores stories and iterations of good practice which have enabled and promoted increased independence, reduced inequalities, better involvement and connection in community life, achievement of outcomes and less reliance on statutory services.

The paper also examines some of the practices, challenges and restrictions which have held people back and prevented them from realising their hopes and aspirations for a good life; and provides a simple lens which could be used as a basis for reviewing changes to policy and practice – enabling a real shift towards citizenship for all.

Here is a copy of the paper What does ‘good’ look like?

The Publisher is: Imagineer Development UK CIC

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

Reimagining Support Brokerage – 2015

The idea of Support Brokerage seems simple; helping people to find their way through barriers and complexities to a better life. However there has been a lot of confusion about what it should mean, who can do it and how it works. This important paper from the Chair of the National Brokerage Network [Now called the Support Brokerage Network August 2021] provides a new starting point for Support Brokerage:

  • Not another industry – just a new way which frees up peoples creativity
  • Not a narrowly defined planning role – but working alongside people to make change happen
  • Support Brokerage is a good way of thinking about how we can become allies to positive change as people take control over their own lives.

The publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform.

Re-Imagining Brokerage © Liz Leach 2015.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

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