Community Connecting

Wiltshire CIL adopted a strengths-based approach to working with individuals and communities in 2014. This meant we had different conversations with the people we work with, put simply instead of asking what is wrong we asked what is strong!

We now work with individuals to understand what resources they have in order to live their Good Life.  Our conversations are made up of three simple questions:

  • What does a good life look like to you?
  • What do you have in order to live that life?
  • What do you need?

When thinking about a good life we concentrate on the core components:

  • Relationships that matter
  • Having a purpose
  • Hope for the future

Working in a strengths-based way means our workers are alongside people as they build their confidence to do the things that will make their life good.  A lot of our work focuses on supporting people to look forward, planning positively for their future life.  This might mean accompanying someone on a train, to the swimming pool or on a dog walk.

If you have ever wondered what our Community Connectors get up to when supporting people to live their #goodlife then take a look at this short video, which tells you all about how we work.  https://youtu.be/QDiSpopCSmg

In 2015 Wiltshire CIL launched Make Someone Welcome, a campaign showing communities that all people have value and it doesn’t take much to be inclusive.  Everyone is welcome to be part of Make Someone Welcome and the range of groups is vast: sports clubs, craft clubs, museums, hairdressers, tire fitters and tattooists to name but a few.  We support the groups that sign up with identifying potential members and providing a toolkit exploring what meaningful inclusion looks like and providing top tips on how to achieve it.  To date we have signed up over 200 organisations. Find out more about Make Someone Welcome here.

Primary Care Networks:
Through a referral from your GP your Connection Worker will provide a 1:1 service working alongside you to ensure that you are able to live the good life of your choosing and helping you to improve your well-being through linking more with your community. The Connections Worker will be working in peoples own homes as well as in the local community; helping people to plan their life in positive ways by finding opportunities to contribute to their local community and forge supportive relationships.

Hospitals:
We have been commissioned by Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide the community connections service for people who attend A&E on a frequent basis.  We provide truly personal support by working alongside the individual and helping them to reconnect with their lives using existing community resources.  We have three Community Connectors covering Wiltshire, each working to their own acute hospital: Great Western Swindon, Salisbury District, and the Royal United Bath.