‘A Good Life’ Revolving Doors Agency
A new report published by Revolving Doors Agency looks at what people facing multiple and complex needs identify as important for a ‘good life’. The research encouraged a group of people with experience of multiple problems and long-term social exclusion to focus on their goals and aspirations. It found that people prioritised symbols of stability such as secure housing and mental wellbeing, and found strength in helpful relationships and support networks.
The report also highlights important considerations for commissioners and local services, reflecting on the outcomes that are most important to service users themselves.
The final report, A Good Life: Exploring what matters to people facing multiple and complex needs, outlines the main findings from the research, as well as depicting the collages themselves. Key findings from the research include:
- Most of the participants prioritised stability, emphasising the importance of a ‘normal’ life with realistic goals, underpinned by a sense of being internally content
- Positive relationships could play a key role in recovery, being motivational and supportive. They may come through professionals, children and family, or people with similar experiences
- The good life includes things beyond the traditional remit of services: informal support networks or outdoor activities and sports, and these can play an important role in the recovery journey.
- The journey towards the good life is as important as the destination, and will involve setbacks and difficulties.
- The report concludes that services should endeavour to provide genuinely personalised support which works at the pace of service users, avoiding the broad targets that made some participants feel pressurised and acknowledging that each individual has a unique mix of priorities and perspectives on what they want to achieve for a ‘good life’.Click to read the full report.