“Right now isn’t a good time for me to start my healthy eating plan. Right now I’m trying to get my kids back, so this pizza will do just fine.”
People told us that often, the help available to them wasn’t what they needed at that point in time. Instead of being able to access what they knew would really help, they ended up attending key working sessions that focused on box ticking rather than what was really going on in their lives and what they felt they needed. The interventions were not ‘ real world’.
Having to engage in activities that didn’t reflect their interests, spending months on waiting lists and undertaking tasks and courses to prove that they were ready to move out of the homelessness sector was often further proof of how far they had failed in life.
We took action
We threw out needs and risk assessments and the use of paperwork in front of people and replaced it all with real world, advantaged conversations.
Our focus was on listening and hearing people, then providing what they needed to make whatever difference they wanted to make in their life. Often, this didn’t involve providing a service but was instead providing an opportunity. We gave everyone access to small personal budgets and bonds so they could shape their own markets and drive supply based on what they knew they needed at the times they needed it.
Providing the right opportunity at the right time also meant that Mayday Inspire doesn’t just operate 9am to 5pm.
The Personal Transitions Service embeds personalisation through the approach, personal budgets, talent bonds and transition grants that finance the services, activities and opportunities that individuals need, when they need them.