Community-based day activities and supports for people with learning disabilities

10 key tasks - Key task 6: Achieving inclusion in community life

An important thing for everyone to do

Important things for staff supporting people in community-based activities to do

Important things for care managers and care coordinators to do

A multi-pronged approach to building people’s connections and involvement

  • Build circles of support around people.
  • Do things consciously and deliberately - plan a course of action.
  • Support people to be physically in the community
  • …and then make sure it continues
  • Know the community.
  • Do things that benefit the whole community.
  • Reflect, learn and change what you do.
  • Stay local, regular and targeted.
  • Support people to stay in touch.
  • Help the public to open the door.
  • Emphasise what people can contribute.
  • Network, network, network.

From A. Cole and A. Lloyd (2002)

Practice examples

In Shropshire, the team in one shared community base set up a computer class and opened it up to local residents so that it became a mixed group.

The Body Balance Group at the SW Yorkshire Mental Health Trust provides individual and group exercise sessions to improve people’s fitness and health and, through that, their mental health. They use ordinary locations, like the local gym. Some people have gone on to use the gym on their own.

The day service for Asian women in Waltham Forest supports 16 women who enjoy a range of community-based activities using (mainly) community facilities around the borough. Some also attend an advocacy group for black and Asian women run by Powerhouse in Newham. Twelve women attend mainstream adult education classes, and three are supported in work experience. As part of their commitment to families the team agrees not to leave a woman alone in the company of men if that’s what the family requires. The service has been successful because it works closely with families. See Links and resources. link

Links and resources