Day time opportunities for adults with a learning disability

There are a range of community resource bases throughout the county borough:

Brooklands and Ystrad Mynach community resource bases

Provide a range of daytime opportunities for people with a learning disability including those with complex needs. Both services offer a range of activities many of which are community based such as cycling, rambling, healthy walking and gardening. Both services also have areas that are specifically equipped or used to provide sensory activities such as music, dance and tactile activities.

Markham Community Resource Base

The people who access Markham are involved in activities within the local community including craft classes, archery and community education. Effective networking and partnerships have been crucial to the success of the group, an example of which is the sensory garden in the grounds of Markham which is both maintained and used by all members of the community including the local primary school.

Gwerin Community Resource Base

Located at the rear of Min Y Mynydd Residential Home. The service provides support for people to develop skills and independence both at the resource base, and in the wider community. The people who attend Gwerin access a variety of community based activities that include college, work placements, involvement in a community allotment and Crown Green bowling all of which have been achieved by effective networking and partnership working.

Springfield Community Resource Base

Located in Pontllanfraith. The people who access Springfield take part in a variety of daytime activities that include watercolour, music and drama college courses and community based activities. Springfield Community Resource is centrally located and it's pleasant setting is enjoyed by the people who attend. The service has also established good relationships with other community groups.

Community based services

The Community Support Team's ability to develop and sustain effective partnerships and networks enable them to support people on an individual basis to further develop and promote their personal development and independence. They provide a service that focuses on supporting people to pursue developmental and learning opportunities that include work and employment opportunities, travel training and vocational training.

The Links Community Resource Base aims to provide a community-based service to people who have autism and behaviours that can challenge. The project enables people to pursue their daytime opportunities by being supported to access/participate in activities within the community. The opportunities offered would vary depending on the individual needs and interests of the service users who access the project.

Vocational and work based services

There are a number of community based services that provide employment and vocational training opportunities:

Windy Ridge is an environmental/horticultural project that was established in partnership with the Llanfrechfa League of Friends. The main aim of the project is to support people to have access to and develop skills in horticulture and caring for the environment. Related activities are available to service users who will work towards achieving individual goals and outcomes. Service users have the opportunity to work towards relevant Open College Network Qualifications that are provided on site by Ystrad Mynach College.

Blackberry Catering is operated from a fully equipped kitchen and provides the people who access the service with the opportunity to develop their catering skills. The people who access Blackberry Catering have a genuine interest in developing their catering skills and are required to be in receipt of a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate to enable them to access this service. Blackberry Catering provides a buffet service and service users are also involved in the delivering and presentation of buffets to organisations and individuals across the borough.

Sirhowy Crafts provides people with a learning disability with the opportunity to be involved in the creation of craft and ceramic items within a fully equipped workshop. Service users are able to work towards recognised Open College Network qualifications in craft, marketing and customer care.

Pont Woodcraft provides service users with opportunities to develop their woodwork skills and knowledge in a fully equipped workshop environment. Whilst developing these skills within the workshop, service users can also work towards recognised Open College Network qualifications in woodwork, health and safety and customer care. The main aim of the service is to prepare people with learning disabilities for future work opportunities and to develop and build upon existing skills.

For more information about day time opportunities, please contact the Adult Services Duty and Information Team (ASDIT)

Adult Social Services Assisted Transport Policy

Adult Social Services Assisted Transport is a transport service provided to people over the age of 18, to access ‘community activities’ within Caerphilly borough. A community activity is a care and support service that an individual attends away from their home, which is provided by Adult Social Services as part of a care and support plan.

Assisted Transport Policy
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