Supporting around 750 people with learning disabilities across over 30 locations in Bradford, to live with more independence and choice.
Our person-centred flexible support service supports people to take control of their lives, and do the things they want to do. We work closely with the people we support, their families and carers to deliver a wide range of supported leisure, learning, and employment opportunities. Our support workers empower the people we support to make their own choices about how they live, using our innovative Fusion model of support to keep people at the centre of everything we do.
At Hft Bradford we support people with many different types of learning disability, and have specialist support services for people with autism, and with challenging behaviour and complex needs. We also have particular experience in supporting people into employment, vocational training projects, and learning and leisure projects. We also have a specialist transitions team that offers advice and support to young people leaving school or college who need support from adult services.
Hft Bradford is registered on Bradford’s Provider Framework and offers a range of domiciliary care support services. This might mean offering someone support at home, assisting them to get ready for the day or supporting them to take part in social activities within their community.
Our emphasis is on creatively supporting people to live with greater levels of independence and personal fulfilment, to achieve the best possible outcomes.
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Community Led Support builds partnerships between people with learning disabilities, their families, support networks, service providers and the broader community to create a shared vision about people with learning disabilities can be supported and empowered. It is not a new kind of support, but is a different way of thinking about day opportunities.
Traditional day opportunities are more usually directed towards groups of people rather than individuals and can be isolating for people with learning disabilities. At Hft Bradford, Community Led Support focuses less on centre-based and more on community-based supports.
Some traditional day opportunities do not provide substantial opportunities for people to learn new skills, be an active member of their community and reach their full potential. Community Led Support creates day opportunities that suit the individual rather than the individual having to fit into a service.
|Traditional Day Opportunities||Community Led Support|
|Often 9-3pm, Monday to Friday.||Flexible depending on the funded hours provided by local authority.
Can include evenings.
|At one specific centre.||No centre, people access different locations in their local community.|
|Activities are run at the centre in small or large groups.||Activities are dependent on individuals’ likes and dislikes.
Can range from inclusive activities at community centres, to exclusive workshops specific for your needs (eg, sensory and physical needs).
|Support workers provided at the centre.||Support workers go out with you in the community, either in small groups, or 1:1 depending on your funding.|
|You meet people that attend the day centre and the staff that work there.||You meet people and members of the wider community on activities and are an active member of your community.|
|Block funded by the local authority.||Can be supported through block funded support OR flexible Individual Service Funds.|
We connect with local Bradford community businesses to ensure that the people we support have access to mainstream and inclusive services.
We also run exclusive activities for people that need more specialised support to achieve their desired outcomes.
We have a list of partners and organisations that we work with.
A Life Pan is a comprehensive document that provides an overview of the individual, their support needs and their desired outcomes. The life plan looks at the whole person through 22 quality of life categories, including mental health, physical health, faith and spirituality, personal relationships and sexuality, social networks, valued roles and participating as a citizen.
Once we have created a life plan with the individual and their supporters, we use the outcomes to create an individual program by tapping into existing resources and finding new community partners and activities where necessary, to suit the individual and their funding.
Community Led Support is currently funded through day opportunities funding provided by the local authority. Anyone with day opportunity funding or an Individual Service Fund can be a part of Community Led Support.
If you are a business, organisation or charity and you would like to be involved with this project or want to be involved in supporting people with learning disabilities, please contact us.
Email Ryan Trueman at Ryan.Trueman@hft.org.uk
or Alice Nicholas at Alice.Nicholas@hft.org.uk
With supported living, we support people to live however and wherever they choose. We can help with finding the right accommodation and with ongoing support
We provide domiciliary care to people who require support with activities they would find difficult on their own, to help them live with more independence.
Our Day Opportunities centres allow the people we support to take part in things they enjoy and make choices about when they do them.
We can support young people with learning disabilities who are making the transition from children’s services to adult social care services.