What Kind of a Future? Outcomes
"We gained lots of information from them about things we had no idea about - Direct Payments for one! Without the workshop, we certainly wouldn't be in the fortunate situation of Catherine having a 'buddy'."
The quote above is from a parent who did not know what a direct payment was until attending the workshops. By linking local organisations and professionals with the young people and their families via Phase 1
and Phase 2
of the project, some positive outcomes were achieved.
Other outcomes included:
- Three young people started work on their person centred plans
- One young woman started a paper round whilst at college
- One young woman began paid work in a day centre for older people
- One person decided they felt confident enough to go out on their own with friends
- Another has expressed the need to move out of home
- Two friends planned to go on a short holiday together along with their sisters for support
- One young man said he no longer needs an escort in his taxi when he went to the day centre
From our experiences of running those workshops we have developed another booklet called Prepared for the Future?. This contains more in-depth information to prepare families when a young person with a learning disability is leaving school or college.
We have also created a workbook for young people called My Kind of a Future. It is broken into several sections to help young people plan for their own future and decide what's important to them.
- Person centred planning
- Looking after your health
- Thinking about work
- Moving into my own home
Jill has 20 years' experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities. She is an RNLD and has a BSc Degree in Psychology. She serves as Chair of the Transition Information Network steering group and is part of the PMLD network.