An increasing number of young people drop out of further education, are unable to make the transition from education to work or are stuck in their work and life. They feel lost and find it difficult to deal with too much pressure to perform and with strict rules and protocols of which they do not see the point. Sometimes they become physically ill or suffer from stress, burnout, depression, anxiety disorders, sensitivity to psychosis, a strong feeling of insecurity and ASD (autism). All this is amplified when there are traumas from earlier ages.
Live-to-Be is a small-scale care provider for young adults, specialized in supporting young people where the above problems are related to high sensitivity. Highly sensitive young people are less able to put their feelings aside. They often have strong images of what the world should look like and how they want to contribute to it. It is frustrating that this image is so far removed from what they experience in today’s society. They don’t feel recognized and seen for who they are. They cannot simply rationalize situations that are not right for them. At the same time, they are sensitive to their environment, they pick up on all the expectations and judgments of others and easily ignore themselves. This creates a lot of tension. They easily become alienated from themselves and from society and they lose the meaning of their existence. This is often accompanied by low self-esteem, high insecurity and low self-confidence. Many of these patterns develop at an early age. The talents these young people have fade into the background.
Offer Youth project Live-to-Be
Live-to-Be is a living, learning, working and residential community, supported by a team of professional counselors, who are themselves part of this community. There is always someone present and on call in case of an emergency. The participants stay at Live-to-Be for one to six months. The emphasis during the stay is not on symptoms, traumas and things that they get stuck in, but on the healthy part, on qualities and what someone finds important in life. Because most young people who get stuck are basically healthy and talented people. They have a positive experience at Live-to-Be. They are recognized and recognized and they live with people who know the same problems from the inside out and who have now found new answers to them. This inspires and gives confidence.
Participants participate in all aspects of the project. They are introduced to life in a community and to all the daily activities needed to keep the Live-to-Be youth project going. The team members who carry the project call themselves ‘life entrepreneurs’. They are a mirror and a source of knowledge, skills and inspiration for the participants in the project to be entrepreneurial in their own lives. This stimulates participants to become more self-reliant, to organize their lives better, to participate again in society and to be able to continue on their own. They find their own meaning and intrinsic motivation.
At Live-to-Be there is room for participants with psychological or psychosocial problems. Live-to-Be can deal with crisis situations, but is not aimed at the care of young people who are in an acute crisis situation or young people who are still in the middle of intensive psychiatric treatment. It is a good place for participants who have just completed intensive coaching, but are not yet able to live independently and function in society. We expect participants to have some independence and the desire and initiative to take the next step in life.
Build-up of care trajectory
Depending on the specific question and the personal support plan of a participant, Live-to-Be draws up a tailor-made guidance plan, which indicates how Live-to-Be achieves the results. We do not have a standard step-by-step plan or learning program, but are geared to the goals and personal situation of the participant and to the phase in which this person is.
The support provided by Live-to-Be can be linked to care agreements under the Social Support Act. It can fall under different headings, such as individual guidance, daytime activities or sheltered housing. Live-to-Be offers personal guidance, group guidance, daytime activities, support in finding a daily rhythm, attention to personal care, regaining direction and meaning in life, learning to function independently in society and to support oneself. to provide. Participants learn about collaboration and learn to deal with tasks and responsibilities.
Attention is paid to different living areas, such as relationships, mental and physical health, self-care, household, social network, social participation and a healthy way of working.
Acquaintance / intake
In this interview it is examined whether Live-to-Be is sufficiently in line with the background and support needs of the participant and whether she can provide appropriate care. This conversation is an investigation from both sides. It can also mean that no trajectory is entered into because one or both sides feel that it cannot be offered what is necessary. If the choice is made to enter into a trajectory, agreements are made about the expected length of the trajectory, the nature of the support and the most important goals that the participant wants to achieve. We come to an agreement with a clear end goal (execution plan).
Immediately at the start of the process, a participant is assigned a contact person from the team. This allows the person to conduct a trajectory start conversation. Here the goals for the stay are further refined and made concrete. A global plan is drawn up for the approach during the process.
At the beginning of every week there is a weekly start meeting with the contact person. We discuss how things are going, what the past week has yielded, what the participant encounters and what can be improved with the participant and with Live-to-Be. We make concrete agreements about the approach and activities and we set goals for the coming week. At regular intervals (e.g. once a month or halfway through the process), we look at the overall course of the process in the weekly start meeting: how far have you come, will you achieve the goals if we continue like this, are there areas that require extra attention? needed, etc.
Finalization phase and follow-up
Participants are actively supported in how they can continue their development and life after Live-to-Be. How do you organize your daily life, how do you build your own network to cope independently in the next phase of your life. We take stock and discuss what you take with you in your next step. And we are investigating what Live-to-Be can mean for you in the longer term. We have a large network of initiatives and organizations that participants can sometimes join and we organize meetings, weekends or weeks where former participants are also welcome.
The Live-to-Be community has a clear day and week structure. This provides safety, support and depth.
Every morning starts with yoga, meditation and/or mindfulness. We encourage participants to discover which daily rhythm and form suits them best to stay grounded, focused and with themselves. Everyone provides their own breakfast. We eat lunch and dinner together and we prepare in turn.
Every Monday morning there is a week check-in and every Thursday evening a sharing circle for everyone who is part of the community. Here there is room for sharing everyone’s personal processes and feelings. This is the basis for equal relationships within Live-to-Be.
Once a week there is a creative session for the participants. Here creative expression is the basis for personal insight and process.
The participants participate in all aspects of the youth project. This can be maintenance, work in the vegetable garden and food forest, household, maintenance of nature and the flower garden, the workshop, the studio, building Tiny Houses, but also publicity, work on the website, organization of activities, etc. They work here together with the team members. Depending on the support request, the emphasis is on getting used to a work rhythm, on caring for the environment, or more on discovering your passion or the meaning of your existence. Sometimes the connection with the earth and a good grounding are central. People with a burnout learn to guard their limits and work from relaxation and rest. The production is always subordinate to the personal development that takes place in developing cooperation, attitude, knowledge and skills in the areas that are important to the participants.
Once a week the participant receives a coaching session with attention to the deeper personal problems. In consultation, it is determined which team member (each with their own expertise, working method, training and experience) best fits the participant’s question and process at that time.
Forms of care
A Live-to-Be trajectory can fall under different headings so that it matches the care demand for which a PGB is available. The general set-up of a trajectory is always comparable. Depending on the specific question or the personal support plan of a participant, we look at where more emphasis is placed, so that Live-to-Be matches the demand as best as possible.
The Live-to-Be team is always focused on developing and learning. This is not only necessary in order to maintain and continuously improve our own professionalism, but is also the basis of our development philosophy. We can only be a stimulating environment in which participants develop if we also continuously develop ourselves.
The individual team members learn by following training courses on coaching, guidance and therapeutic work, we organize team training days, once a week there is a participant meeting and in the final meeting with the participants evaluate how the process went and what the organization can learn from the experience. of the participant.
The team is relatively large compared to the number of participants (about 6 people part-time in a group of about 6 participants). This always guarantees a large occupancy and it is always possible to receive each other in the event of absence, illness or holidays.
As a healthcare provider, we adhere to the rules set by the AVG. That is why we want to be transparent about how we collect, store, store and process personal data. As a young foundation, Live-to-Be is currently working on drawing up a processing statement, privacy statement, processing agreements, processing register and a data protection policy. It is planned that in the autumn of 2021 these documents will be ready and retrievable by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP).
We currently work with a duty of confidentiality and we do not provide any information about our participants to third parties, provided they are other care providers of the participant and with the participant’s permission.
Quality, Complaints and Disputes
Important principles for Live-to-Be are safety (physical, mental and with regard to the physical location), professionalism, respect for the client and working from the interests and rights of the client. In the Live-to-Be approach, self-reliance, equality, integrity and empowerment are important core values.
Live-to-Be strives for an open exchange with other healthcare providers and referrers and prefers to work together where this adds value for the client. Careful attention is paid to the transfer with care providers with whom a client receives care before or after the stay at Live-to-Be contact.
The Live-to-Be Foundation intends to register with the IGJ and thereby meet the quality requirements as formulated by the IGJ.