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Appreciative Inquiry Training

In Mid-March this year we gathered in Wilmslow where @Liz Jayne and @Joy van Helvert, hosted a group of 9 other Alders in two days of immersive face to face Appreciative Inquiry training. This was a refresher for existing Alders and an introduction for those who have recently joined us. It was a very enjoyable experience for all involved and help us refine our training and support offer for organisations looking to develop appreciative inquiry approaches within their workplaces.  


Portsmouth Appreciative Inquiry - Developing Strengths-Based Practice

Portsmouth Adult Social Care (ASC) is committed to adopting strengths-based approaches. To help it do this it appointed Alder Advice, in the Summer of 2023, to undertake a co-productive appreciative inquiry process. The aims were to:

  • Identify progress made to date.
  • Recognise strengths to build on.
  • Identify improvement opportunities.

NW London Appreciative Inquiry – Evaluation of the pilot Keyworker Service

The North-West London (NWL) Keyworker Steering Group decided in March 2023 to initiate an independent evaluation. It wanted to identify options for the Service’s future structure/model. Alder Advice was appointed to support this process.


Bradford Looked After Children Placements

Board Members at the new Braford Children's Trust were concerned that the number of Looked After Children and the average cost of placements for them were both rising unsustainably. They, therefore, appointed Alder Advice in the summer of 2023 to conduct research into what is driving demand/need up and to identify opportunities to better manage demand in the future.


Dementia Learning and Development Framework and Toolkit for Wales

Dementia Learning and Development Framework and Toolkit for Wales

The dementia learning and development framework/toolkit developed by Alder Advice for Social Care Wales in close collaboration with key stakeholders has five sections. Each section is a building block for effective learning and development. The building blocks are:

Each building block:

The dementia learning and development framework/toolkit is designed to support leaders, managers, and workforce leaders across health and social care to come together (including with other interested parties) to lead local dementia learning and development approaches. It will also help: 

Commenting on the framework Bec Cicero Rheolwr Datblygu a Gwella / Improvement and Development Manager, Gofal Cymdeithasol I Oedolion  / Adult Social Care said:

 “We are really pleased with the work Alder Advice has done for us in developing a simple and practical tool to help organisations plan and deliver their dementia learning and development.The team (Dan, Annette and Ceryl) really listened to what we needed and have created a really helpful, evidence based resource that has been well received by colleagues in the social care sector in Wales.”

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