About Association for Real Change

Strategic Aims

We have identified four strategic aims where we will focus our attention and resources to achieve Real Change. These aims are informed by a significant shift in our strategic direction, which emerged from a survey of membership. We will continue to focus on the needs of our members and stakeholders whilst recognising a wider interest for the organisation within the broad learning disability and health and social care field. This includes people who have a learning disability, their families, carers, commissioners and other stakeholders.

We aim to:

1. Provide support, training, information and development and networking opportunities to organisations which recognise the need to improve their:

1.1 Governance, leadership and management. 1.2 Quality and standards of care and support for individuals based on person-centred practices. 1.3 How they involve people in the planning and delivery of services. 1.4 Workforce learning, development and support. 1.5 Training that inspires people to lead, learn and grow through reflection, challenge and continually striving to deliver the best outcomes for people who use services. 1.6 Information.

We aim to:

2. Enable members and stakeholders to collaborate more effectively and learn from each other by:

2.1 Providing more opportunities to connect and liaise within and across sectors. 2.2 Taking the initiative to work collaboratively and build partnerships with others so that we make the best use of time and resources. 2.3 Acting as a trusted facilitator and honest broker across the care sectors by building better relationships that share and support practices which deliver the best results. 2.4 Showing leadership by working equally with organisations perceived as thriving, as well as those facing challenges.

We aim to:

3. Increase the voice of providers and people who use services locally, regionally and nationally, providing strong representation by:

3.1  Better understanding the needs of our members and stakeholders so that we can accurately reflect the needs of the sector and people who have a learning disability. 3.2  Increasing our social policy work to raise awareness of the impact of the practical implementation of government legislation and policy on our members and stakeholders. 3.3  Maximising opportunities to influence policy by working with other network organisations. 3.4  Raising our profile so we are a strong presence, which influences Government policies and Service Standards, at all levels, in the nation countries.

We aim to:

4. Strive for excellence in all that we do to ensure we meet all our agreed outcomes by:

4.1  Effectively involving people with a learning disability, as well as provider organisations, in how we run and in the delivery of our work. 4.2  Being a person-centred and innovative organisation, evaluating and sharing learning, with members and stakeholders and other groups that may benefit. 4.3  Leading by example both within our organisation and to champion the work of providers across the sector. 4.4  Operating with effectiveness and efficiency at all levels. 4.5  Member-led and responsive to stakeholders’ needs.