Futures programme

What is it?

The Futures programme was launched in September 2019. It aims to support young adults with learning disabilities who are facing the next steps in adulthood, towards greater independence.

What does it cover?

Our programme is tailored to each individual that we support with a particular focus on:

  • Employability
  • Independent living including accommodation and travel
  • Community resilience and safety
  • Keeping well and healthy
  • Finding friends and hobbies

How does it work?

Each member sets their own goals, a few examples of these include learning to drive, ordering food from a take away and using public transport.

The Futures manager works with the young adult over a period of time to find ways to achieve their goals. We work through team work and peer support which nurtures confidence and community resilience.

Results have included driving assessments, outings on public transport arranged by members of the group, a successful visit to a take away.  We offer weekly ‘drop in sessions’ to help develop friendships, peer support and the opportunity to meet experts in community.

We also have fun as that is always the best way to learn anything!

Some of our recent work includes supporting members find paid employment, pass their driving test, build confidence in taking holidays with friends, as well as raising awareness of important issues such as online scams and staying safe while out and about.

Can I find out more?

Read a testimonial from the parent of one of our Futures members here.
To find out more about our futures programme, please get in touch with Futures Manager Claire Dawson, clairedawson@sunnybanktrust.org.

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