Why are enabling environments important? So much of human behaviour is directly triggered by the environments in which people live. Organisations that recognise this and look for ways to adapt environments can help people to access opportunities and enhance health and wellbeing.
If people’s environments (their homes, places of work and wider communities) are set up in a way that makes it easier to access support or undertake certain behaviours, it can help people to reach their goals. This includes locating resources, equipment and support in closer proximity to the person - at home, within walking distance, or in public places that people come into contact with as part of their everyday routines. But it is more than just physical distance. It is also about presenting things in ways that make people feel safe enough to approach what’s available - for example, feeling confident enough to use gym equipment in parks or to walk into a group on debt management. This can be done in different ways, such as choosing venues that people already trust and which are easy to find or by providing a demonstration in advance so that people know what to expect and how things will work.
Using the information above, start to brainstorm ideas to try out in your organisation or community. Think about how to co-design ideas with other practitioners and people in the local community who could benefit from Good Help. Use the map below to help you test and develop your ideas.
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