Active Support

Image: Close to HomeClose to Home

Did you know that Active Support originated nearly 30 years ago in a small Hampshire town, when a small group of researchers began planning the Andover Project?

Since then, these same researchers and others have described, discussed, filmed, evaluated, analysed, and disseminated Active Support.

In 1988, BILD published a book by David Felce and Sandy Toogood called Close to Home. This book is different to anything else written on Active Support.

Image: Active Support ProjectA Unique Project

This project, which started off at ARC Cymru (Wales) and has now been expanded to include the whole of the UK, is a unique training programme which provides support to enable people with learning disabilities to participate in activities and relationships, gain more control and more independence.

Active Support is a method of supporting someone to be engaged, take part and be included in everyday activities and relationships that make up day-to-day living. Staff teams learn how to work as a team in a person-centred way by giving just the right amount of support each individual needs.

Image: Active Support HandbookThe Active Support Handbook is for supporting people with learning disabilities to lead full lives.

The New revised Active Support Handbook. ARC Cymru and the Authors of the Active Support Handbook have updated the original 6 booklets to create a useful Handbook.

The Active Support Project was a highly successful project in Wales, which has now become the UK-wide Active Support Practice Development Service. The Active Support Service can provide training, consultancy and information to any organisation wishing to implement Active Support.

Image: Active Support TrainingA Unique Training Programme

A one-day introduction to Active Support for organisations and care staff.

Active Support is a proven model of support that supports people with learning disabilities to plan the best use of their time, with the correct level of support, to engage or participate in all activities that make up day-to-day living.

Active Support Practice Development ServiceImage: Active Support Practice Development

Through a dedicated and committed team, the ARCUK Active Support Practice Development Service (ASPDS) aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in developing real person-centred approaches to support.


Image: Christine HarcombeChristine Harcombe - ARC UK Active Support Service Manager

One of the many roles as Active Support Service Manager is to deliver workshops and presentations at local and national conferences across the UK promoting the concept of Active Support and how ARC UK can support in embedding the model within their organisations.

From the workshops and presentations, Services will request individualised support either with direct Active Support training or requesting a consultancy package incorporating Active Support training, Interactive training, coaching, audit and support at strategic operational and tactical level. The consultancy packages are currently supporting services in Supported Living, Care Homes, Day Services and Respite Services across the UK.

I personally would like to see Commissioners requiring Active Support as a method of person-centred support that is mandatory for all services to incorporate within their organisations. Not only for learning disability services but across all social care.


Image: InformationFor information, please contact Christine Harcombe‚Ä®: