The recovery, rehabilitation and independence of service users is at the heart of everything we do at Maison Moti.
This means empowering service users to ensure they are included and in control of all aspects of their life, not least in respect of the care and support services we provide. We believe that recovery and independence is not possible without empowerment!
Our service delivery model is designed with this in mind and our Recovery Support Workers are trained to promote service user inclusion and to encourage full and active participation in all decisions concerning their welfare and service provision. To supplement and enhance the work by operational staff we employ a full-time dedicated Service User Empowerment Coordinator (SUEC).
The SUEC’s primary role is to include, engage with and help develop the self-worth, confidence and abilities of our service users. The services and interventions provided by the SUEC in this regard fall under the following broad headings:
Emotional & social development
Issues of negative self-construct and esteem are sadly common for people with long term/ enduring mental health conditions.
Work to help service users develop a positive sense of self is fundamental and without this service users are unlikely to develop the range of social and practical skills they need in order to live a more independent life in the community. We provide a range of initiatives, workshops and activities to help our service users feel worthy, recognise that they can make a valuable contribution to society, to develop a more positive outlook for the future and to develop their interpersonal and social skills. Click here for more information
Practical skills and abilities
Many service users spend long periods of time in institutional settings, where over time their ability to perform the tasks associated with daily living can erode. At Maison Moti we encourage and promote increasing levels of independence. This forms part of the identified development areas included in individual support plans and is implemented on a day-to-day basis at the project level. This is complemented and enhanced by centrally provided activities and workshops run by the SUEC.
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The correlation between mental illness and poor physical health is well documented. People with mental health are at increased risk of a number of serious health conditions, including diabetes, heart conditions and obesity. As part of our service we encourage regular health examinations, carry out frequent weight and blood pressure checks and encourage healthier eating and physical exercise.
This work is supported by our SUEC who provides educational workshops on this topic and facilitates a number of initiatives to promote a healthier lifestyle. Click here for more information
Social support network
Relationships with family, relatives and friends is a fundamental and necessary part of life providing us with the support, resilience and confidence we need to deal with the things that life throws at us. Sadly many people with mental health also suffer the loss, rejection and isolation of having few people who actively remain involved in their personal lives.
The services we provide at Maison Moti recognise this and aim to help our service users to re-establish estranged relationships and to build new ones to strengthen their social support network. Click here for more information
Education, training, volunteering & employment
Being meaningfully occupied is a prerequisite to a positive self-regard and unfortunately many people with mental health conditions are all too often not engaged in education, training, voluntary work or employment. With this in mind we focus a number of activities, workshops and events to get our service users to prepare for and enrol in programs and courses that can eventually lead to employment. This includes a range of volunteering opportunities and involvement in social enterprises. Click here for more information
All our empowerment activities are designed to promote independence but with the understanding that service users are unlikely to engage with community based or universal services in the first instance. Hence the services we provide internally are intended to act as a stepping stone leading onto externally provided services, once the service user has developed a level of confidence and motivation to engage in the community. Please click here for the gallery of past activities and groups.
For further information on activities for people with mental health problems in the wider community please look at these Useful Links.