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What is a Person Centred Plan?

Person Centred Planning Colourful stick figures supporting one anotheris a great way to share your hopes and dreams, find solutions to some of the challenges you face and gather the support from those around you to make things happen.

A Person Centred Plan is an approach to thinking about what you might want in your life. It is used to plan with you - not for you.

Planning should build on your circle of support and involve all the people who are important to you and aims to build confidence, hope and motivation for change, improving your life through a clearer vision of the future.

What a Person Centred Plan looks like

Example of a PCP for Magnus

This is an example of a PATH plan.

What does a Person Centred Plan involve?

A Person Centred Plan takes place wherever you feel most comfortable, i.e. in your own home, a community hall, etc. and can take a couple of hours. It is best completed in one session but you can take breaks if you need.

You will sit at the front of the room with one or two of your supporters, the people you feel most close to, with all your other supporters behind you.

One facilitator will ask you questions and the other will record what you say. The process is organic... It is best to speak your mind and use whichever words/phrases you are most comfortable using. The plan is for YOU so the facilitators will adapt to your communication style as best as possible.

As the process is person centred, the other people in attendance should not provide input or interruption unless specifically invited to by the facilitators.

Who will be involved?

Your Person Centred Planning session will be led by two facilitators. Locally, we have a wide mix of people trained as facilitators.

Usually it is better to have people you don't already know as your facilitators, this way the focus remains entirely on you and there are no preconceived ideas of who you are as a person.

Family and friends

It's important to have support from your family and those close to you.

Others that support you

It is also a good idea to invite people who help and support you. This might be staff from a service you use or people from your local community, so they can offer you encouragement, idea and their commitment.