“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
– Lao Tzu
Let’s face it: Change can be difficult. Routine can be comforting. And, it is easy to “go with the flow” when it’s all you know. But Freespacers have never been one to sit on our haunches! We like to have some fun, shake it up a bit, and work together to develop better support and reach new heights!
I think that’s why the rebranding journey we have been on over the past few months has been such a positive experience for all of us – the people we support and the staff they chose to help them live their life, their way. We stuck it out, answered some tough questions, came to new realizations, held workshops, and forged ahead with a new outlook and a clear vision.
It all started with a simple workshop in July; Freespacers getting together to talk about who we are and where we want to go. It was an honest and constructive session that made us realize more about the support we wanted from Freespace, how we can approach our service delivery with fresh thinking, and what things mattered most to us.
But we couldn’t go ahead with our vision without a fresh look to boot! Supported people and staff from all across Freespace came together at North Edinburgh Arts Centre, and after some wonderful watercolour lessons from local artist Martin Hensey, created paintings reflecting what “freedom” and “independence” meant to us. These works, made by Freespacers for Freespace, helped give inspiration to the new logo designed for us by Family. The process was absolutely brilliant for all of us. We all learned some new skills, found new interests, had a few good laughs, and contributed to what I think we can all agree is a pretty snazzy new logo!
So as freespacers, who are we? We are supportive, listeners, caring, go-getters, inclusive, reliable, friendly, and pretty good humoured! Where do we want to go? Forward. Embracing change and shaping better models of support, ensuring people have choice and control over their lives, and helping people to be as independent as they want to be. In other words, leading the way in assuring everyone with a disability lives their life, their way.