Tag: learning disability
With thanks to all those who have liked read our ‘Being Bettina’s Dad’ series on the blog and twitter.
During my participation in athletics in the 1980/90s, I modelled my levels of concentration on other athletes such as Sally Gunnell, Seb Coe and Steve Cram, closely watching them prior to races as they physically and mentally prepared for their next winning performance and taking the best bits to build my own model of concentration and focus.
I think living your life well is a personal matter; it can mean so many different things to so many people. Although I do think you should reflect on what it means as often as possible. I believe that life is a precious gift. So what does living your life well mean to me?
Life is short and as my wife, Joyce, often reminds me, you are a long time at work, so it is important that you are happy doing what you do. So before it is too late for you to do the work you were always meant to do, here is what to do (if you are not already doing it).
As I write and put together this month’s leadership pack, it is a Sunday afternoon. What I found most enjoyable today is watching the presentations from Ted.com I have chosen especially for you although I had originally chosen five!
A question I am often asked since leaving the Army to support people with learning disabilities has been, “I suppose getting involved in this work has helped you support your daughter, Bettina with her care?” I remember being asked this question by a fellow Area Manager when we met up for lunch some years ago. I found myself saying, “Actually it is the other way around.”
We often support people and their circles of support to make financial decisions, whether it’s getting a car, going on holiday or planning weekly spending. At Dosh, we see lots of great work from support workers involving people in making their own decisions, but from our comfortable position of understanding these decisions we can often forget just how stressful this can be for people.
I have always been fascinated by ‘cultures’ within teams and organisations. What are they? How has culture developed? And what difference can you make as a leader and developing a culture? Read on to find out my top tips.
Welcome to the winter edition of the Dosh newsletter. This edition includes information about our new BID forms, self-directed support, Universal Credit, lasting power of attorney and much more.
For the first time I felt mortal, and I worried about Bettina’s future, realising I was only living in the now or at least in the next 6 months to a year for her. We started to discuss and we started to plan because now we realised that love would not always be enough.