UK – Services for people with intellectual diability

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Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

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We have been providing flexible, specialist support to people with a learning disability within the community for more than 20 years.

We believe that by inspiring people to achieve their own goals, live the life they want, with who they want to live with and within their chosen community, we can make a real difference to those we support.

We provide:

  • Step down provision – supporting people to move on to independent living
  • Supported living
  • Care and support under the Mental Health Act
  • Residential care with nursing
  • Residential care
  • Outreach support
  • Day opportunities
  • Supported employment
  • Transition services for young adults.

We work closely with the people we support, their circle of support, health professionals and commissioners, to develop services that are tailored to each person’s specific needs. This includes increasing skills, confidence and independence, assisting with personal budgets, participating fully in the local community and supporting health and wellbeing to enable a safe reduction in support hours.

Our unique support planning and outcomes tool (SPOT) has been developed to make sure we track your progress – breaking your goals down into easy, manageable steps and ensuring your wants and needs are being met.

As well as working with individuals, families and carers to constantly find innovative ways of delivering our services, it’s our goal to challenge public perceptions of disability. We want to bring about positive changes so that people with a learning disability are treated equally and fairly, so they have the same opportunities in life as everyone else. One of the ways we do this is through our People’s Parliaments, which are forums for people we support to get together and discuss any issues that affect them.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like more information about how we can help you or someone you know.

‘Here to stay’ Research Project

Fiona Ritchie OBE, our Managing Director for Learning Disability, was on the Advisory Board for the ‘Here to Stay’ research project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The project looked at access to services by people with learning disabilities from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, including new migrants, and considered their experience and outcomes of care.

The reports includes a number of findings namely; that data collection around BME groups is unreliable; that services often didn’t distinguish between people from BME communities and new migrants, despite their needs potentially being very different; communication between practitioners and service users needs improving; and the workforce require better training to meet the needs of BME groups.

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