Our main Ethos is:
To promote the ethos of choice, opportunity and respect for people with learning disabilities.
The ethos of Valuing People underpins all activity across Learning disability Services. Similarly, the involvement of staff, people who use services and their families, along with the work of the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, actively encourage and promote positive changes to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families/carers.
The ethos is of empowerment and promoting independence - 'working with' rather than 'doing to'. Both service users and their carers want the emotional and psycho-logical issues in their lives to be addressed, and practical problems tackled.
The balance of valuing people and empowerment has been addressed with the introduction of person-centred planning.
The overall ethos of St Albans Mencap’s care is based on supporting people at home, living independently wherever possible and as full participants in the community. What matters most is that the service is there, where and when it is needed. The key is to have consistent quality and equitable access to support when ever it is required.