Personal Futures Planning


Discover your gifts, talents, skills and passion and we will work with you to create what a good life looks like for you

Image description: Talking Valued Lives mascot​Personal Futures Planning is an exploration process where we discover your talents, gifts, skills, passions, your goals and what a good life looks like for you. We also look at what needs to happen for you to work towards you dreams and goals and build on your vision of a good life.

It is a positive process, a series of conversations, that focuses on your dreams for the future. Often futures planning is initiated when a person is on the cusp of a major life change, such as:

  • finishing school
  • exploring further studies
  • changing jobs
  • starting a small business
  • moving house

A futures planning process is as individual as you. Facilitators will always meet with you and anyone else you would like to have in attendance for an initial meeting prior to the process commencing.

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What is your focus, or focus areas, for the planning process?  Some people may have one or two very clear areas that they would like to explore or goals they know they want to achieve. Others may use the process to help them to discover these along the way.

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Who would you like to be involved in the planning process? This may be family members, friends, neighbours, colleagues or someone else close to you. You may prefer to meet with just the facilitator, while others will choose to have a couple of key people or a large group.

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How many sessions would you like to have? How long would you like the sessions to be? This sometimes depends on how many people you want to have involved in your plan.  If you want to invite a large group of people, it is often more achievable to have one longer meeting.

Most often, if a person only wants themselves or one or two other people attending, they will choose to have two or three sessions a week or two. This also allows for reflection or ‘thinking time’ between meetings, or sometimes even starting to take some steps that have been identified.

From this information, the facilitator will prepare materials using a range of person-centred planning templates and tools suited to the person and what they want from their plan. The plan itself is usually recorded using both words and graphics or pictures, with a more detailed report also developed for sharing with others if you choose to.

The key to Personal Futures Planning is bringing your plan to life.  It’s important that you have ownership of your plan, as well as having the investment and support of others to assist you in putting your plan into action.

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