Education, employment and leisure opportunities
We provide all of our service users with an individually-designed package of education, employment and leisure opportunities, devised in accordance with their specific needs and abilities as well as their likes and dislikes. The aim is to build on existing skills and support each individual in their continued personal development.
Wherever possible, programmes are devised in association with the service user, as well as relevant professionals such as speech therapists, the psychology team, local colleges and music, drama and art therapists. Service users can also take advantage of a wide range of community resources, including colleges, sports and leisure facilities, pubs, clubs and restaurants, supported workshops and vocational opportunities.
All of our homes have ‘activity areas’, which are fully equipped with resources specific to the developmental needs of the service users within that home, and the leisure and educational activities they take part in. In addition, all homes have computers and internet access, which are used to meet a variety of educational aims and objectives.
As part of our work to help our service users lead independent, active and fulfilling lives, we provide tailored encouragement and support, including access to appropriate training, to help individuals build the skills and confidence necessary to gain employment, both voluntary and paid.
Each home has an allocated activities organiser who, together with the social care workers within the home, helps every service user to participate in both internal and external activities. Activities are service user-focused, with an emphasis on having fun.