We Help Parents of Children with Additional Needs Answer the Question:

What Will Happen To My Child When I’m No Longer Around?

We Help Parents of Children with Additional Needs Answer the Question:

What Will Happen To My Child When I’m No Longer Around?

Have you ever wondered?

How and where is my child going to live when I’m no longer around to protect them?

What will they do with their time when they leave school?

How will I be able to afford to give them the life I want for them? 

Have you ever wondered?

How and where is my child going to live when I’m no longer around to protect them? 

What will they do with their time when they leave school?

How will I be able to afford to give them the life I want for them? 

The Challenges…

Teaching them to do what they need to do to become more independent is difficult

The independence skills they need aren’t consistently being taught at school

After they leave school, we are not sure what’s next for them 

The amount of money we need for them to live semi or fully independently seems too high compared to what they will earn and what we will leave them 

Even if they did have the money, we don’t feel secure it won’t be wasted  

The Challenges…

Teaching them to do what they need to do to become more independent is difficult

The independence skills they need aren’t consistently being taught at school

After they leave school, we are not sure what’s next for them 

The amount of money we need for them to live semi or fully independently seems too high compared to what they will earn and what we will leave them 

Even if they did have the money, we don’t feel secure it won’t be wasted  

The Prize

 Them being able to care for themselves (with or without support) and live each day with dignity

 Them having a purpose to their day, whether paid or voluntary, so there is a point to their day (and this activity also gives them valuable human interaction)

 Them having the right financial plan so they will be able to afford a life and be protected against themselves

But the real prize is with this greater independence they get increased self-respect and pride in themselves. For us, it’s peace of mind and the knowledge that they will be less vulnerable because they have greater self-sufficiency. This destination is a better place to be. This makes the question of what happens when I’m no longer around seem less daunting, where there’s no longer a cliff edge but a bridge to their lives when we are no longer around.

The Prize

 Them being able to care for themselves (with or without support) and live each day with dignity

 Them having a purpose to their day, whether paid or voluntary, so there is a point to their day (and this activity also gives them valuable human interaction)

✔ Them having the right financial plan so they will be able to afford a life and be protected against themselves

But the real prize is with this greater independence they get increased self-respect and pride in themselves. For us, it’s peace of mind and the knowledge that they will be less vulnerable because they have greater self-sufficiency. This destination is a better place to be. This makes the question of what happens when I’m no longer around seem less daunting, where there’s no longer a cliff edge but a bridge to their lives when we are no longer around.

The Journey

You never start any journey without some idea of how to get there. The Red Giraffe Route Map™️ uses this concept, identifying four lines to navigate with your child to support them to reach their chosen destination.

A functional life has a safe place to live and the ability to look after ourselves, these are Daily Living skills – represented by the Green Line.

A rewarding life has a day filled with activity, a Purpose, rather than days spent looking for ways to fill in time to alleviate boredom – represented by the Orange Line.

A safe life has Financial Security, a plan that includes sources of income and ways to protect money if appropriate – represented by the Blue Line.

A happy life has people in it, maybe not every day, but meaningful interactions when needed, this is Relationships – represented by the Purple Line.

The Journey

You never start any journey without some idea of how to get there. The Red Giraffe Route Map™️ uses this concept, identifying four lines to navigate with your child to support them to reach their chosen destination.

A functional life has a safe place to live and the ability to look after ourselves, these are Daily Living skills – represented by the Green Line.

A rewarding life has a day filled with activity, a Purpose, rather than days spent looking for ways to fill in time to alleviate boredom – represented by the Orange Line.

A safe life has Financial Security, a plan that includes sources of income and ways to protect money if appropriate – represented by the Blue Line.

A happy life has people in it, maybe not every day, but meaningful interactions when needed, this is Relationships – represented by the Purple Line.

We use The VOCAL™️ Method to guide each journey along the Route map. By planning out the journey it is more likely the chosen destination will be reached.

Vision: You know your big Why, but here it’s about drilling down into the details of what you and your child aspire to.

Options: Once you have identified the Vision then you need to identify what is available to help deliver that Vision.

Create: From the Options you then choose which things to move forward with putting your decisions into action.

Assess: As you start to see the plan you have Created working, there will come a time to evaluate whether the direction being travelled is moving you towards your chosen destination.

Legacy: At some point when you Assess your journey , you will step back and realise you’ve arrived at the destination and delivered on your Life Legacy and answered that question: What happens when I’m no longer around?

We use The VOCAL™️ Method to guide each journey along the Route map. By planning out the journey it is more likely the chosen destination will be reached.

Vision: You know your big Why, but here it’s about drilling down into the details of what you and your child aspire to.

Options: Once you have identified the Vision then you need to identify what is available to help deliver that Vision.

Create: From the Options you then choose which things to move forward with putting your decisions into action.

Assess: As you start to see the plan you have Created working, there will come a time to evaluate whether the direction being travelled is moving you towards your chosen destination.

Legacy: At some point when you Assess your journey , you will step back and realise you’ve arrived at the destination and delivered on your Life Legacy and answered that question: What happens when I’m no longer around?

How We Can Help You

How We Can Help You

We offer Online Training and 1-1 Mentoring to support parents to help their children build the skills they need to live the life they deserve.

As parents we only want the best for our children and to know that they will be ok without us. We watch with fear and pride as they strive for more independence. We know that with greater independence their life options increase.

Free Downloads

If you’re looking for a quick win then we have free downloads with tips and ideas to help you move forward on your journey

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Building A Vision For
Your Child’s Future
FREE

If you’re ready to start thinking about putting into words what your child’s future needs to look like, then this Free online course can help

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Building Independence Skills
$99.00 USD

Register for this online course if you want to get your child doing more for themselves and developing the confidence to try new things

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1-1 Mentoring & Support

If you’re looking for extra support on your journey, then we offer 1-1 bespoke mentoring packages to help you plan the best route for you and your child

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Why Red Giraffe Exists?

Why Red Giraffe Exists?

Red Giraffe was named by our daughter. Her favourite colour is red. She is passionate about giraffes. Combine the two together and you get Red Giraffe.

Red Giraffe was named by our daughter. Her favourite colour is red. She is passionate about giraffes. Combine the two together and you get Red Giraffe.

As parents, when our daughter was born, we quickly learnt about the challenges she would face in her life. But like every parent we were determined that one day she would live as independently as was right for her. This meant her learning all the daily livings skills that support independent living, having a purpose to her day and enjoying meaningful relationships. In short, all we want is for her to be safe, secure and live a rewarding and fulfilling life.

In the beginning, like many parents of children with additional needs, we didn’t have an answer. Worse still, we didn’t know where to look. But at those points of transformation, like moving schools, we realised we needed a robust plan for the future. If not, we could see that ‘cliff-edge’ becoming a reality, where her life would simply stand still after the structure of full time education.

This led us to think more deeply about her future. It led to the Expanding Worlds Podcast, Red Giraffe Solutions, the four lines of the Route Map, the VOCAL method, online training courses and 1-1 mentoring, where we share our knowledge and experience, to support other parents just like us.

As parents, when our daughter was born, we quickly learnt about the challenges she would face in her life. But like every parent we were determined that one day she would live as independently as was right for her. This meant her learning all the daily livings skills that support independent living, having a purpose to her day and enjoying meaningful relationships. In short, all we want is for her to be safe, secure and live a rewarding and fulfilling life.

In the beginning, like many parents of children with additional needs, we didn’t have an answer. Worse still, we didn’t know where to look. But at those points of transformation, like moving schools, we realised we needed a robust plan for the future. If not, we could see that ‘cliff-edge’ becoming a reality, where her life would simply stand still after the structure of full time education.

This led us to think more deeply about her future. It led to the Expanding Worlds Podcast, Red Giraffe Solutions, the four lines of the Route Map, the VOCAL method, online training courses and 1-1 mentoring, where we share our knowledge and experience, to support other parents just like us.

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Our Values

Our Values

We actively support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, because achieving these will create a more inclusive and sustainable future for everyone.

Our focus is Goal 4 and Goal 10 because we are dedicated to a future where people with additional needs have the same opportunities as everyone to live, be valued and contribute to their local communities.

We actively support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, because achieving these will create a more inclusive and sustainable future for everyone.

Our focus is Goal 4 and Goal 10 because we are dedicated to a future where people with additional needs have the same opportunities as everyone to live, be valued and contribute to their local communities.

Change for people with additional needs is happening and we want to be part of that by actively supporting these UN Global Goals. So every time someone works with us or purchases one of our online courses, we make a donation through our partnership with B1G1.com to provide education for a child with additional needs.

Change for people with additional needs is happening and we want to be part of that by actively supporting these UN Global Goals. So every time someone works with us or purchases one of our online courses, we make a donation through our partnership with B1G1.com to provide education for a child with additional needs.

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info@redgiraffesolutions.com

ADDRESS

Concorde House,
18 Margaret Street
Brighton BN2 1TS

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