The strength of the Lifestyle Matters is that it focuses on the assets, skills and abilities that each participant possesses and can draw upon. A vast number and array of resources are not necessary. For facilitation of a weekly group and conducting monthly individual sessions with each of the participants the following training and staff resources are required:-
The main cost is that of staff time. For each group session, the following should be taken into account:-
In our recent research members paid for their transport and outings that involved an entrance fee, snacks or meals. Some funds may be required to pay for speakers but our experience is that many individuals (e.g. local police, pharmacists, library and gallery staff) are happy to give their time and see this as part of their role in fostering community participation.