ARC Annual Conference, Active Support – Creating an Ordinary Life

17 September 2014, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ND

This year’s ARC Annual Conference is all about how Active Support can improve the quality of life for people with a learning disability, autism and whose behaviour can sometimes challenge services. Topics include:

  • active support enabling people with learning disability and autism to have an ordinary life
  • active support and positive behavioural support
  • outcomes monitoring
  • interactive training active support
  • active support for people whose behaviour can sometimes challenge services
  • staff personal development
Programme of the Day:

9.00 – 9.30 Registration and Coffee

9. 30 – 9.45 Welcome and Introductions Jacqueline Bell, Chief Executive and Christine Rose, Active Support (UK) Director, Association for Real Change

9.45 – 11.00 Morning session 1

  • Active Support, Behaviour and Beyond – Dr. Edwin Jones, Service Development Consultant, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Active Support and Positive Behavioural Support – Paul McWade, Operational Director, Halton Borough Council
  • Interactive Training and Active Support – Dr. Sandy Toogood, Behavioural Analyst, Bangor University

Comfort Break

11.20 – 11.45 Morning session 2

  • Personal Development: Manager as Coach  – Paul Griffiths, Consultant, …is 5
  • Outcomes of Active Support – Prof Kathy Lowe, Service Development Consultant, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board


1.30 – 2.25 Afternoon session 1

  • Presentations from Organisations taking part in ‘Creating an Ordinary Life’ Project
  • Robert Owen Communities (Zoe Ward, Skills Training Co-ordinator; Paul Deakin, Wellbeing Manager, and Jamie Barker, Personalisation Co-ordinator)
  • Edward Lloyd Trust (Chris Shrubb, Chief Executive Officer; Sue Russell , Senior Operations Manager and Angie Pollin, Team Manager)
  • Martha Trust (Glenda Roberts, Director of Care Services and Phil Linkin, Home Manager)
  • The Right Support at the Right Time – Catherine Carter, Trainer, CHANGE

2.25 – 3.25 Afternoon session 2

  • Round up Christine Rose, Active Support (UK) Director, Association for Real Change
  • Questions to the Panel

3.30 Close


About Active Support:

Active Support is a way of supporting a person to become more engaged in a range of everyday activities in the home and in the community; activities that make up an ordinary life. Active Support is a person centred approach showing staff how to tailor their support to each person according to the person’s interests needs and responsibilities.

Over the past 30 years research has consistently demonstrated that where Active Support is embedded into organisations, people with disabilities become more involved in everyday activities, acquire new skills, show improvement in mental health and show positive changes in their behaviour as well as maintaining current skills.

Without an understanding of Active Support, staff tend to provide too little, or too much assistance, with a tendency to provide less assistance to more disabled people and more assistance to more able people. For people with lower support needs, Active Support can help improve people’s engagement, either by giving them the opportunity to do things they already have the skill to do (where they do not need much assistance) or by extending the range of available activities to more complex, more interesting and more demanding things, where then,the assistance needed is more to do with planning and organising, than doing the task. Staff learn how to ‘work with’ the person and not ‘for’ the person. To enable a person with disabilities to be more engaged and involved in their own lives will always depend on a skilled team who can adapt their support work as a team and treat each person as unique.

Because Active Support is so person centred the model works for anyone being supported.

For further information about our Active Support service and training please contact:
Christine Rose
Tel: 07917 523778

The Creating an Ordinary Life project is funded by the Department of Health.