Grapevine does practical, hands-on work that tries to connect
those of us who are isolated with the good people and good things
in their communities. We want to help others to do similar work and
so we offer training and consultancy in connecting.
We have delivered this training on behalf of the British
Institute of Learning Disabilities, the Foundation for People with
Learning Disabilities and Valuing People to organisations all over
Our training and consultancy is like all our work: it starts
from a strong belief in people and communities and is intensely
practical. We know and use theory - asset-based community
development, for example - but we also know that people like to be
pragmatic and not dwell too long on abstract concepts. So our
training and consultancy is based on the real work that we do and
on helping organisations to overcome practical problems.
"Grapevine have encouraged us to think of the way we deliver
services in an entirely different way. We've been given the
confidence and energy to try new things we'd previously never
considered. Our thinking has shifted from 'what if' to 'why
Amy Prowting Personalisation Manager People in Action 2013
We run tailor-made training events (usually one to three days)
for self-advocates, family members, support staff, managers and
A typical training package consists of:
A one-day introduction to connecting people for staff, family
and people with a learning disability.
Two days on the practice of connecting people, including
examples and exercises on a range of community-connecting
A one-day follow-up after a few months of practice:
A day for managers to help them understand how they can
supervise and support staff who are connecting people.
Talk to us about your particular needs and we can work out a
tailor-made package with you.
Good practice guidance on the government's personalisation
agenda, says 'a key purpose of social care services should be to
enable disabled people to participate in the community as equal
citizens'. Commissioners and families have a growing expectation
that organisations will demonstrate their effectiveness in
Organisations that have used Grapevine training and consultancy
Vibrance in London
Delos in Northamptonshire
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Valuing People in the Midlands.