Articles and Publications

Helen Wilson has written many articles on person centred planning and inclusive practice. Please contact Envision if you are seeking information about any topic mentioned on this website.

Helen regularly publishes in journals and periodicals on topics such as person centred planning, graphic facilitation and community building.  Click here to access a recent article on her work as a Communnity Connector, published in Changing Perspectives, ARC UK's members' magazine:


Thinking Outside the Tickboxes - a report of a programme of training in person centred practice within services for older people

In 2002, whilst working at Edinburgh Development Group, Helen was involved in a developmental project, funded by the City of Edinburgh Social Work Department, to undertake a programme of training in person centred working with staff in four units supporting older people in residential and day care.

The report is a narrative account of that training programme and the effects it had on the staff and the people who live in and use those units. The report draws mainly on participants' training evaluations, direct feedback during and after the course and individual interviews following the training programme.

Click here to download a copy as a PDF file.


Everyday's Important - Person Centred Support Planning

Published in 2006, this booklet focuses on the complex process of support planning with people who use human services. This booklet has been written to help staff and people who use services negotiate some of the trickier aspects of support planning and avoid some of the common pitfalls: what to include, how to compile it and how to make sure that the support plan serves its purpose of helping the person to get the life and the service they want.

Helen draws on her experience of working directly with adults with learning difficulties, disabled people and older people, supporting them to put together person centred plans and person centred support plans, as well as her experience in training and mentoring staff working in a variety of social care settings to develop plans with individuals.

Price: £15 including post and packing, available from Envision.

Click to download a flyer.

If your organisation would be interested in obtaining multiple copies of this publication, please contact Envision to discuss buying a licence which would enable you to print them yourself.


Getting to Grips with Graphics -
a workbook for graphic recorders and facilitators

Revised and updated in 2008, this publication gives an introduction to graphic recording and facilitation and contains lots of practical tips for getting started.  With a section of sample graphics that Helen has produced, followed by almost 20 pages of images to copy and practice, this is a great starting point for anyone wishing to build up their own graphics repertoire and add to their facilitation toolkit. 

Price: 20 including post and packing, available from Envision.

If your organisation would be interested in obtaining multiple copies of this publication, please contact Envision to discuss buying a licence which would enable you to print them yourself.


Friendship and Community - Practical Strategies for Making Connections in Communities

(ISDN 1898385033)
Published in 2002.

Written in collaboration with Helen Sanderson and Jo Kennedy

Available from:
In Control

Phone: 0121 708 3031

Price 19.00 including P&P


Working Together - supporting service users to develop skills for staff recruitment

This publication, written by Helen Wilson in 2005. It is a trainers' manual focusing on delivering training to self-advocates and service users who may wish to become involved in staff recruitment. The manual is structured into 8 sessions, each concentrating on a different aspect of the recruitment process, e.g. confidentiality, equal opportunities etc. Each session contains
  • Trainers' notes
  • Suggested presentation material
  • A number of exercises to explore the subject matter
  • Accessible handouts with graphics
"Quite simply, the best training manual I have ever seen. Fantastic content, easy to follow and the graphics are brilliant!"

Elaine Thomson
Napier University
You can buy single copies of this pack for 80 (+£5 post & packing) each. Alternatively, Envision can deliver in-house training for trainers on how to work through the materials in the pack with groups of self-advocates and service users to work through the materials in the pack. The pack has as accompanying CD-Rom with all the training handouts in Word format. Please contact Envision for further details or for an extract from the training manual.


graphics cd

Coming soon...

Helen is producing a CD-Rom of over 200 useful everyday graphics. They are formatted as jpegs which can be imported into any of your documents or printed separately as images.

The graphics are grouped into sections:

  • People, animals
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Everyday images
  • Emotions and abstract concepts