Advice and Guidance
Making sure that adults who have a learning disability and / or autism have access to the information that they need in order to live an independent and happy life.
Understanding the experiences of people with learning disabilities and dementia.
Both learning disability and / or autism and dementia can be difficult issues to cope with in isolation, when combined they can become frustrating and demoralising for people affected.
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Parents & Carers workshops
The Aldingbourne Trust is well connected with local experts and has a wide reaching network that can be drawn on to assist parents and carers in supporting people with learning disabilities and / or autism.
Although our guidance is far-reaching, we are always pleased to introduce external experts from social care, the police and the health service who run sessions for our visitors and answer the questions that are best left to these specialists.
Contact us for workshop dates
At Number 73 we have access to the iPlanit support plan system. This is an online system which uses videos, images and sound to enable the people we support to bring their support plans to life. Using iPlanit helps make sure that things actually happen. It focuses on specific goals and action points and helps staff to clearly see what’s wanted and needed. Most importantly, adults with learning disabilities and / or autism and their carers are involved at every stage so they control what outcomes are recommended and can track their progress.
Finding paid or voluntary work:
We can connect adults with learning disabilities and / or autism directly with the Aldingbourne Trust’s Workaid service to help them find suitable roles. We host and share ideas from drop-in sessions for the Workaid and Prevention Assessment Team (PAT) which gives carers and adults who need our support the opportunity to ask questions of our expert team.
Developing new skills is key for success in finding a job so we can also help find the right courses or learning programmes available locally.
Health and Recreation
Our team can recommend and run health and exercise classes, offer help on how to eat and live healthily. We have good working relationships with local health services and Arun Wellbeing to provide more tailored support.
We maintain an up to date programme of events and activities hosted by the Aldingbourne Trust and other organisations and the information is freely available from our No 73 drop in centre.
Having fun is a key element of independent life and we help to find appropriate community events, arrange group activities and even run a social club.
We can support adults with learning disabilities and / or autism with planning travel routes, finding information on bus or train timetables, applying for disabled travel cards or even using our free internet to book travel tickets. If more one to one support with travel is needed, we can help find the most appropriate services.
Aldingbourne Trust offers a number of housing options directly and there are many more in the local community. Our team can help the people we support to navigate their options and put together an appropriate plan. We can advise on tenancy issues, coordinating across different types of benefits and help by finding the right kind of ongoing support to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Personal Budgets and Benefits:
Our team regularly attends training on all relevant benefits and tenancy issues to keep our knowledge up to date and can help answer a wide range of questions. We also have a strong relationship with the local Citizens Advice Bureau and benefits advisors who can help with more complicated issues.
Personal budgets or Direct Payments are subject to very specific rules and the best information is to be found on the West Sussex County Council web pages. We can of course discuss this on a case by case basis if further help is needed.
Budgeting and Paying Bills
Staff at Number 73 will be able to help adults with learning disabilities to get their finances in order and support them with any paperwork they may have by reading through any correspondence with the client or supporting them to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau or other organisations that may be able to help.
This includes signposting to debt charities and other support services if things have gotten out of control.
Getting and Staying Organised
Using today’s technology is key for people to feel engaged with the wider community so we can offer advice and the opportunity to practice on surfing the net, using email and calendars, making important phone calls and organising paperwork.