The Road Ahead – Resources

6. Projects

  Name Details Contact
P1 Aasha project - Skill organisation, funded by Diana memorial fund Action research project to look at young people with learning difficulties from South Asian backgrounds' involvement in post-school education and training. Skill. Web:
P2 ACE - Open your mind not your mouth ACE has trained nearly 50 people to give anti-bullying presentations to schools. Have produced a leaflet 'Bullying hurts! Let's stop it now'. Includes information about learning disability. Email:
P3 Children's Society - PACT / Transition Project Advocacy for YP with complex communication needs, connecting them with a 'Natural Ally'. Developed in multi-cultural context. 'Natural Allies' Project. Lucy Saunders, Project Manager Tel: 01904 639056 Email:
P4 Citizenship in practice Children in Scotland Website and report entitled 'What matters to me'. Also CD Rom and rap. Web:
P5 Community, Choice and Control - Surrey SS and Surrey Users Network See Local Information for Young People, Families & Professionals - Ref: L11, L20 and L23. See National Websites - Ref: W8.  
P6 Count Us In - Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties Includes 4 projects. 1. Self-defined service models for young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs from ethnic minorities. 2. 'What's happening?' how young people with learning disabilities and their parents/carers understand anxiety and depression. 3. What leads carers to identify changes in emotional and mental well-being in young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and how do they respond? 4. Mind the Gap: research into meeting the mental health needs of young people with learning disabilities in Somerset working through the Connexions services. Web:
P7 CREDO east project - Circles Network Set up in the East of England by the Circles network. Providing opportunities to empower young people by ensuring that they are always the focus person and in control of the planning process. Nadine Jay co-ordinates. Tel: 01733 551 2 Fax: 0870 137 658 Email:
P8 Datalink Offers training and work experience to young disabled people in Northern Ireland. Therese Kelly or Anne Kerr Datalink Reprographics Ltd. Grahamsbridge Road Dundonald, BT16 2HS Tel: 028 9048 6557
P9 Employability Plus Programme - Who Cares? Trust A Further development of the Employability Programme, for care leavers with a learning disability. Aims to improve further education, training and employability prospects. Web:
P10 Families Leading Planning Person Centred Planning and transition. Pack published in February 2004. See National Information for Young People & Families - Ref: N15. Helen Sanderson and NDT.
P11 Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities 'Developing Connexions' project. Nic Rowland Crosby Web:
P12 Future Plans Project that offers person centred planning to 15 young people with learning disabilities. Managed by Edinburgh Development Group. Steve Coulson Tel: 0131 622 0203 Email:
P13 'Getting a life' Council for Disabled Children. Helen Wheatley. Raising awareness of young people's needs for families & providers - improving access to services, linking to national initiatives e.g. Connexions. Web:
P14 The Health Log Sense Scotland are piloting a 'health log' to help monitor the health needs of people with learning difficulties. Linda Long and Lisa Curtis (supported by Nuffield) Web:
P15 Hertfordshire County Council Have a lead officer and two transition development workers. Consult with parents/carers and young people, develop and agree systems. Web:
P16 Home Farm Trust and Luton Council 'Supporting better transitions for those with special educational needs'. July 2001 - March 2002. Developed a range of Parent Partnership initiatives to support parents at various points of transition. Piloted materials developed by Eastern England SEN project.  
P17 Inter-agency transition group Cheshire - wide group developed by Connexions Development manager Gill Alderson. Includes a longitudinal survey of young people and families' experiences of transition. Tel: 01606 305200 Email:
P18 Integrated transition project A project that involves Social services, Education, Housing and Connexions in South Gloucestershire. Neil Miller Email:
P19 Life Options Project South Wales project for young people with severe disabilities, using person centred planning. Information service, articles, information sheets, Llais magazine and website, self-help 'Guide to Life Options'. Stebonheath Centre for Enterprise Stebonheath Terrace Llanelli Wales, SA15 1NE Mark John-Williams Tel: 01554 746782/746806 Email:
P20 Macintyre Care Conducted research that tracked progress of young people with learning disabilities leaving school. Web:
P21 Making the Jump-transition to work project Two year project looking at good practice relating to the transition to work. Web:
P22 Mind the Gap Project based at the Norah Fry Research Centre about young people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Val Williams Email:
P23 My Life after School Jane Livingstone Web:
P24 Oxfordshire Integrated Assessment Project 2 year project to provide an integrated assessment (with SSD and carers, young person). Web:
P25 Parent Partnership Network Transition workshops for parents of young people with statements. Robina Mallet Carer Support Officer Home Farm Trust Merchant House Wapping Road Bristol, BS1 4RW Tel: 0117 930 2608
P26 Plymouth Transition Pathway Plymouth Social Services in conjunction with the Michael Batt Foundation. A HAZ Innovations initiative.  
P27 Prader-Willi Syndrome Association Three year Diana-funded project to look at transition for people with PWS. Kendra Mitchell Outreach and Development Worker The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association Tel: 01332 365676
P28 Skill Northern Ireland - Learning, Equality, Transition Project (L.E.T) Northern Ireland project for school leavers with a learning disability wishing to go to FE.  
P29 Somerset Connexions Sally Hoadley. 4 Personal Assistants appointed to work mainly with people with learning disabilities. Web:
P30 Somerset Inclusion Project Report and video (My Voice, My Choice). Val Williams. Available from Rhiannon Prys Owen Barnardo's Somerset Inclusion Project 34 Wellington Road Taunton, TA1 5AW Tel: 01923 257917
P31 Sounds Good! Project Advocacy and transition for young people with learning disabilities. Project is in developmental stage. Nigel Caldwell Tel: 01663 719662 Email:
P32 Speaking up! A self-advocacy project for people with learning disabilities. 162 Tenison Road Cambridge, CB1 2DF Tel: 01223 566 258 Web:
P33 Trans-active project See National Websites - Ref: W7. Web:
P34 Transition for young adults from minority communities An Association for Real Change (ARC) project to set up a website of information for young people at transition and their families. Diana funded so limited in scope at present. Pam Smith Email: Web:
P35 Transition Information Network The network is made up of Action 19+ and NDT working together. Quarterly magazine 'My Future Choices'. Steve Easter. Website is in development and contains downloadable copy of the magazine 'My future choices'. Web:
P36 Transition Pathway Project Chris Scholl. Piloting 'Big Picture Guide' in West Midlands. Final version will be available Autumn 2004.  
P37 The RITE Project - Realising Independence Through Education. Collaboration between DARE and ACE. Young people with complex physical and connection needs in Further Education. Tamsin MacDonald RITE Project Co-ordinator. Tel: 01273 691 911 Email: Web:
P38 Whatever Next? Young disabled people leaving care Includes section on improving practice around transition and young disabled people leaving care. Mark Priestly, Parvaneh Rabiee and Julie Knowles. Leeds University. Web:
P39 YouthNet 2 year project in Newcastle, funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund. Jan Cole and Louise Taylor Web: