Find information for people with a learning disability
In Rotherham, we want people with a learning disability to have the same quality of life as everyone else; we also want everyone to have the opportunity to realise their dreams.
We know that people want access to a wider range of support which is part of their local community; they want access to employment; opportunities to spend their leisure time and build friendships; and they want to be able to travel as independently as possible around the borough.
This is why we are transforming the way people with a learning disability are supported, to help everyone to reach their full potential and live as independently as possible, regardless of their social care needs. In fact, one of our priorities is that people in the borough are secure, responsible and empowered.
We are adopting a more person-centred approach and will look at what is meaningful and of value to each individual, ultimately enabling them to have a ‘good day’. We will work with our residents to make sure they receive the right amount of support and are doing things that have a purpose, in ordinary places – just like other people in the community would be doing. The conversations that need to take place will centre around everyone being entitled to their own front door, and recognising that the support needed inside and outside of someone’s home will be different for each person.
The transition to a community-based service – moving away from the building and service based model - will take time and will be introduced over the next two years.
People who have been accessing community based services tell us…
“I’m so glad I moved to Social Eyes, we get to use different buildings, meet new friends and try new activities.”
“For as long as I can remember my son has wanted to be a singer and since attending the sessions he got the chance to be part of a band. His dreams really have become reality and the band has now performed in a local pub, with more performances in the pipeline. It’s just amazing to see. He was anxious when we first took him to the sessions but we’ve never looked back. My main priority is that my son has a choice. If he didn’t have his disability he would be making all sorts of life choices so getting the support he needs shouldn’t be any different.”
“Since my daughter started attending community based sessions she has quite simply come alive – to see the life skills she’s developed has been amazing. For 13 years she attended a centre and then when we spoke to the Council about other opportunities we thought, why not give it a try. This was best decision we made and after only a couple of taster sessions she refused point blank to go back to her old day centre. She now gets involved in various activities throughout the week from swimming and drama club to cinema trips and cooking and eating sessions.”
“I have been given lots of new opportunities; I am trying many new things, meeting new people and being supported by new staff. I am so glad I came here.”
If you have a specific question about our transformation plan you might find our Frequently Asked Questions helpful.