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

Messages from 'Having a good day' - Good information

What research tells us

Information in accessible formats is essential so that people can make choices about what they want to do, and can be as independent as possible. Information about the community experiences of people with learning disabilities and family carers helps, as do 'tasters', and regular 'what's on' information.

What's happening in practice at the moment

Pointers for development

Practice examples

Into employment is a newsletter produced by supported employment services in Essex . Each issue includes a number of interviews with people who have been supported into paid work, and with employers and work colleagues. It helps families and staff to see that paid work really is possible, and that people really do benefit.

The Positive Futures team in Nottingham is a partnership involving the local authority, local primary care trusts, Mencap, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the Home Farm Trust. Among other things their Easy Info group has been working with local libraries, the police and the witness care unit, education, housing and leisure services to improve their information. The group, of people with learning disabilities, check out the information and act as advisers.

Better Days in Newcastle supports people with learning disabilities to work with a range of organisations to break down barriers to inclusion. Their training group, of people with learning disabilities, delivers sessions that aim to raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities. They have worked with staff at the civic centre, a local leisure centre, a health centre and local museums and libraries.

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