AFG’s person-centred approach
One of the people whom AFG supports Jeff Thompson has been interviewing prospective support workers for his Learning Disability service in Scarisbrick near Southport.
AFG Team Leader Linda Williams explained: “Jeff got involved in interviewing prospective support workers at our head office. It’s important to us that the people we support feel comfortable with the people we recruit to support them. He asked some really good questions to test their judgement and was thinking outside of the box. It just makes sense.”
Also on the interview panel was Mark’s mother Linda Wainwright. Mark is also supported by AFG. She was enthusiastic about the approach: “It’s a great idea. It’s given me an insight into the role of the support worker. Doing this you get to know somebody.”
Linda, who has a child with learning disabilities, added: “As you are leaving your most precious thing, your child, with carers it’s only right that everyone should be involved in the process. It’s important that everyone gets on together. Interviewing in this way helps to ensure that this happens. It should be a group decision.”
Jeff said about his experience: “I felt I could pick the support I’m most comfortable with as it’s me who knows me best and what I’m looking for in a support worker.”
AFG CEO Ian Pritchard popped in to say hello to Jeff after the interviews: “It’s great that Jeff got to interview his potential carers. It demonstrates AFG’s person-centred approach and is just good practice.”
As part of AFG’s ‘get to know you’ approach, plans are in place to hold a BBQ for staff, supported people and their families at the Scarisbrick service in the summer.