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Here at Tangata we are now pleased to offer a coaching service. here is a brief outline of what coaching actually is and also what it could do for you.

What is Coaching?

Whole person coaching is incredibly powerful and effective. It empowers you to take responsibility, raises awareness and self-esteem, inspires you to create and achieve, and enables you to discover more about what really works for you.

It’s a completely individualised form of professional and personal development that is focused on moving forward, creating awareness and developing yourself. The most effective part of coaching is that we don’t tell you what you should do; we enable you to discover the answers for yourself because we believe that you are the expert on you.

So, after an initial conversation, the coaching is focused on each person’s specific needs and aims, which might range from developing leadership, growing self-esteem, improving relationships, changing work/life balance, creating greater fulfilment and much more.

Coaching is a partnership that creates a space to talk that is confidential, non-judgmental, truthful, challenging and empowering.

Is coaching like therapy, counselling, mentoring or consultancy?

In a nutshell, no. Coaching is not like therapy as we’re not trying to “fix” or heal people.

Coaching is not like counselling because we’re not focused on where you have been in your life; rather we are looking at where you are going. Coaching is not like mentoring or consultancy because we’re not the expert with all the answers and experience, we approach it as an equal partnership and allow you to work out your own solutions.

How does it work?

There is no magic wand (although sometimes the impact coaching has does feel a little bit magical).

We simply arrange an agreed time to talk on a regular basis, and through a series of focussed conversations, our clients are able to discover ways to think, feel and act differently.

As coaches we play a supporting role, metaphorically ‘walking alongside’ our clients, helping them to create the growth and development that is right for them.

Direct payments

How do I get a direct payment?

To get a direct payment you firstly need to have an assessment from the local council/trust. The assessment and the process will differ depending on if you are a carer or the person being looked after.

For further information on assessments please click the relevant link below.

If you, or the person you are looking after, are assessed by the local council/trust as needing support, then the local council/trust will work out how much it would cost to provide such support (generally called a personal budget). This is then broken down into any amount you or the person you are looking after might have to pay (if any – further information on charging is available in our assessments factsheets – see below) and any amount the local council/trust has to pay.

You can then choose to ask the local council/trust to arrange the support themselves or you can ask for a direct payment. A direct payment is the amount of money that the local council/trust has to pay to meet the needs of you or the person you are looking after, and which is given to enable you/them to purchase services that will meet your/their needs (as assessed by the local council/trust).

It is sometimes possible for the person you are looking after to pay you or another family member or friend to meet their needs.

Although most people will be given a direct payment if they ask for one there are some categories of people who cannot get a direct payment, for example those under various orders or treatments for drug or alcohol dependence.

If the person being assessed does not have mental capacity, or does have mental capacity but would be unable to manage a direct payment, then someone can be appointed to manage the direct payment on their behalf.

Note: If you or the person you are looking after already receive support from the local council/trust but would like to receive a direct payment instead, you can ask the local council/trust to make this change.

Note: Direct payments are not compulsory and if you would rather the local council/trust arrange the support they should do so. It can also be possible to have a combination of support from the local council/trust and direct payments.

How much will the direct payment be?

The direct payment must be an amount sufficient to meet the needs the local council/trust have assessed you or the person you are looking after as having.

However, you/they might have to make a contribution towards the cost of meeting your needs (further information on charging is available in our assessments factsheets – see above).

If the person you are looking after uses the direct payment to pay for a care worker then there might be additional costs involved in this (ie recruitment costs, auto enrolment pension costs, national insurance and income tax cost etc.). If so then the direct payment amount must be sufficient to cover these costs.

What can I spend the direct payment on?

The direct payment must be used to meet the needs the local council/trust assessed you or the person you are looking after as having.

The local council/trust has to agree that what you/they spend the direct payment on will meet these needs.

Example: If you are a carer and one of the needs the local council/trust assessed you as having was ‘help with the cost of driving lessons to help you continue in your caring role’ you could ask for a direct payment to meet this need and could use the direct payment to purchase driving lessons.

Example: If the person you are looking after is assessed as needing ‘a care worker for an hour a day’ they could ask for a direct payment to meet this need and could use the direct payment to employ someone of their choice to care for them for one hour a day (if the local council/trust agree that this person would meet this need). It is sometimes possible for the person you are looking after to pay you or another family member or friend to meet their care and support needs.

How you can help reduce the number of autistic people in mental health hospitals (19 February 2019)

In this article, we look at what’s happening to address the crisis and how people can get involved. If you want to find out more about what’s created this appalling situation, read our recent Beyond Transforming Care report.

A series of powerful and distressing media reports in recent months have laid bare the scandal of autistic people being forced to live long periods of their lives in mental health hospitals (sometimes called Assessment and Treatment Units or ATUs) – often miles away from their family and friends and, in some cases, subject to seclusion, restraint and over-medication.

The Government and NHS England promised in 2015 to address this scandal by reducing the number of people on the autism spectrum or with a learning disability in mental health hospitals by between 35% and 50% and moving people into specialist support in their own communities. NHS England has recently made a new commitment to reduce the number by at least 50% by March 2024.
But, as our recent Beyond Transforming Care report found, the number of autistic people in mental health hospitals – especially those without an accompanying learning disability – has actually gone up in this time. This is the opposite of what should be happening. We believe the law needs to change and the NHS and councils need to invest in the right type of support. This is a national scandal and needs to end.

New group faces backlash over its goals for severe autism

A new advocacy group for people with severe autism is spotlighting the deep divide in the community over who should speak for those on the spectrum.

The National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA), which launched in January, aims to address the needs of autistic people who require the most support.

“This is a population with a set of issues that really needs to be heard,” says Jill Escher, president of the California-based organization. Escher has two teenagers with severe autism, who she says have the functional capacity of preschoolers and depend on her for everything — every tooth brushed, every piece of clothing worn.

Supporting people like her children might not seem like a contentious endeavor, but the backlash to the nascent organization has been swift and loud.The critics say several of the organization’s policies strip autistic people of their autonomy, instead pushing for parents or guardians to make decisions for these individuals; they also note that the organization’s board does not include anyone on the spectrum.“These are not the people who should be in charge of this conversation,” says Shannon Des Roches Rosa, managing editor of the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, a nonprofit news site. (Rosa is also a frequent contributor to Spectrum.)

“The NCSA is not on our kids’ side; they’re on the parents’ side.”An estimated 30 percent of autistic people have a severe form of the condition — typically distinguished by a low intelligence quotient, limited speech and difficulty performing everyday tasks. The transition to adulthood is a critical juncture for these individuals.“We’re seeing this big wave of 20- to 30-something-year-olds with autism,” says Matthew Siegel, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Tufts University in Boston, who is on the organization’s board of directors.

“A good portion of them are more severely affected and have big needs that the public system struggles to respond to in terms of housing, treatment, vocational opportunities and lifespan support.”

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