The Stretch cards have been developed in response to the changing landscape within the mental health and human service sector. Changes in the community mindset of Australia and subsequent changes to funding structures mean that human services need to adapt in order to remain viable and relevant into the future. In order to do this, services needed to challenge their practice and look for new possibilities. Change, as always is inevitable. How can we protect the integrity of what is great about current practice whilst developing and growing into the future? The Stretch cards are one tool to help services do this.
The Stretch cards are a way of offering creative examples of how practice could be. To open up opportunities to do things differently without losing the basic and essential components of success in existing services. They also prompt conversations about intentional, considered and reflective development of both services and individual worker practice.