Good and bad help: how purpose and confidence transform lives

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Wilson, Richard; Cornwell, Christina; Flanagan, Esther
Publisher
NESTA
Date of publication
1 February 2018
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Housing and Homelessness, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report provides a practical contribution towards improving confidence and a sense of purpose in people’s lives.

It draws upon a well-established evidence base and work with practitioners to understand how ‘good help’ is applied in practice.

Key findings:

  • ‘Good help’ is all about helping people to identify and achieve their own sense of purpose. It recognises that when a programme’s purpose is aligned with a person’s purpose both parties are more engaged and motivated to work together to take action.
  • ‘Good help’ is focussed on helping people develop their confidence. It recognises that individuals will find different sources more or less helpful at different times and in different contexts.
  • ‘Good help’ can support people to create a positive cycle of action that helps them move towards their goals.  In time, this can lead to transformational changes in their life circumstances.

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