Welcome to Alder Advice
Who are Alder Advice?
Alder Advice is a group of independent professionals commited to using strengths based approaches to enable improvements in the social care, health and housing sectors. We all share a common value base and join together to work across Britain as specialist advisers. Our mission is to help disabled people live the lives that they choose and to reduce the inequalities they, all too frequently, experience .
We are proud to promote the use of "Appreciative Inquiry" and to have developed the "Progression" approach. It is a strengths-based approach to supporting people with disabilities to live the lives they choose and to help them overcome the inequality they frequently experience. The "Progression" approach is best known in relation to support for learning disabled adults, but we use related approaches and the same value base to underpin our work related to supporting older people and adults living with physical/sensory disabilities and living with or recovering from mental illness. For a brief introduction to the "Progression" approach - read more
Our first project was in 2009. Since then we have worked with more than 50 local authorities, the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS), The Social Services Improvement Agency, Welsh Local Government Association, Local Government Association (England), a number of provider organisations in the sector, 3 local authority trading companies and a number of NHS clients. We always use strengths-based approaches (Underpinned by Appreciative Inquiry) and our clients comment that this positive and collaborative approach helps them achieve transformational change that is essential to benefits realisation. For example, after working with Alder Advice Julie Bateman (Head of Service Development at Suffolk County Council) said:
"The suggestion by Alder Advice that we could both achieve greater VFM alongside improved outcomes for people was highly motivating." ... "The fact that the suggestion was backed up by hard objective external evidence as to how we could do things differently to everyone’s advantage …… was hugely persuasive." ... "Senior managers and the learning disability community signed up to a detailed action plan to develop a “Progression” model which aims to transform both service delivery and the service offer."
We undertake a broad range of projects across the whole of the UK, and have particular strengths in service evaluation, redesign and transformation projects, strategy development, commissioning, market analysis and predictive modelling. Our consortium operating model allows us to combine the expertise of outstanding experts in specialisms relevant to our clients' business and to form teams that can provide the highest standards of professional advisory and consultancy services at a competitive price.
We have a deep understanding of and extensive experience in our sector. All of our advisors have worked in practice and management roles in statutory organisations operating in this area. Many are qualified and registered social work or allied health professionals, whilst our finance professionals, data and business analysts are all highly experienced in health, social care or housing.
We bring extensive experience in working with people who use services, often using innovative methods for public engagement such as Open Space Technology and Appreciative Inquiry. For a brief introduction to appreciative inquiry - read more
As will be evident from our extensive client list and long track record of delivering successful projects, we offer a high standard of consulting practice. Prior to founding Alder Advice, our founding members, Rob Griffiths and Dan Short, held senior roles in major consulting practices. We have a strong commitment to working collaboratively with our clients, seeking to co-produce solutions and transfer skills where appropriate and possible.
Our customer regularly say that they welcome the strong values of our advisers and our deep understanding of the sector.