May 4, 2021

2 min read

How should councils work with people at specific transition points?

We don’t focus sufficiently on identifying the causes to the needs people present to our services on, or whether that need is the most important one in their life.

When we prioritise cohorts, we focus on specific demographic characteristics, rather than either situational factors or their cultural environment.

When we look at user journeys, we focus on where there’s an opportunity to meet people’s needs with an improvement or redesign to a service.

Many times, when people slip through the gaps of public service, it’s when they leave either a formal system of support — the service of the council, health or a charity, or informal — like their families or communities. This can be because they are going through a transition in life:

  • When kids join school or leave school

Or when there’s a “shock” to their life — which is also when there’s an opportunity to change behaviour for the positive:

  • When people have lost a partner and as a result psychological or even material support

How do people “bounce back”?

People’s strengths may be different or have improved and most importantly, their needs may be care leavers who may not need full-time care, but “transition” support that still provides qualities they need — like stability, connections and a safety net, as well as community connections. What about other services providing that transitional support?