A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their lifetime. Find out how a learning disability can affect someone and where you can find support.
A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. This means they can have difficulty:
- understanding new or complex information
- learning new skills
- coping independently
Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. It’s thought up to 350,000 people have a severe learning disability. This figure is increasing.
We aim to provide people with more choice and control over their own lives. We offer a wide range of specialist services based in the heart of the local community.
We provide positive, flexible and encouraging support for everyone. Our person-centred approach, enables people to achieve their goals and aspirations in life. Everyone is encouraged to have belief in reaching their full potential within a safe, nurturing and positive environment.
Positive Behaviour Support
Our UNIQUESupporters are trained in the positive behavioural techniques. Their role is to work collaboratively with staff to develop and review positive behaviour support plans and introduce proactive strategies. Working alongside staff teams, they support people at times of extreme challenge or crisis. They are trained to undertake B-BAT assessment (Brief Behavioural Assessment Tool) and work closely with the people they support to establish their individual needs and aspirations.
Active Support Model
Staff utilise a range of tools. This is a tool used to ensure people are involved with every aspect of their lives through carefully planned interventions and mentoring which enables development. The Active Support Model is outcomes focused, which allows monitoring of progress towards maximised participation.
Our services provide:
• Personal care
• Social and recreational needs
• Vocational retraining
• Personal budget and finance management
• Respite support
• Skill development and re-enablement
• Health needs
• Access to independent advocacy
• Positive behaviour management strategies
• Outreach support
• Building links with friends, family and the community
• Household tasks
• Travel training is provided to assist in increasing independence and confidence when accessing the community
We are able to support people who have dual diagnosis of Mental Health or challenging needs associated with their Learning Disability.
We work using NICE products on people with learning disabilities. Includes any guidance, advice, Pathways and quality standards.