Our support means an individual can exercise choice and control over their life in ways that would not usually be possible if living in structured environments such as residential care or group living. We aim to support people with learning disabilities to live independently, close to family, group networks and interact within their local community.
It is estimated that 985,000 people in England have a learning disability (2% of the general population). This figure includes 828,000 adults (aged 18 or more). Of these adults, estimations suggest that 177,000 were known users of learning disability services in England (equivalent to 0.47% of the adult population).
The UK has seen a significant shift in the way people with learning disabilities can lead their lives. This embraces inclusion, being visible and part of the community, integrating into the wider mainstream provision, achieving health improvements and developing life skills for paid work, leisure and education. Organisations such as Remploy, supported by major blue chip organisations, have embraced and promoted work-related interaction, which hugely benefits self-confidence.
Our care and support workers are thoroughly trained in the communication skills necessary to provide effective support, which include:
– Range and diversity of communication.
– Effective communication.
– The link between poor communication and behaviour that challenges.
– Outside factors affecting communication.
– Supporting communication between individuals, other people and services.
Achieving a good match between our client and their support worker is vital so we don’t just look at experience and knowledge, we connect people with the same interests, likes and dislikes, or sense of humour – we ensure that people feel completely comfortable with their support worker.