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The leaders of LivesthroughFriends have been supporting self-directing individuals and families since 1990. Most of our practice (as against our training, consultancy and policy work) is devoted to tailoring, delivering and sustaining individualised support arrangements for and with people who have acquired very challenging reputations (i.e folk with complex learning disabilities and/or ASD and/or mental health problems.

Usually LtF is engaged following repeated service failure/failure of service placements to “meet the person’s needs”. Our approach is strengths-based, knowing from solid experience, that effective health and social services practice is supplementary and complementary to the core/relational economy. Our goal is to demonstrate the dysfunctionality of marketized social care and to contribute to the reinvention of local community social work and related services.

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