Self-Directed Support (SDS)
Self-directed support is about putting the person needing support in control of choosing and planning their own support.
People who are self-funding pay for all or part of their own support costs. Hft can help with support planning and brokerage for people who are self-funding, or who have individual budgets.
Hft’s short break services are completely flexible dependent on the needs of the people we support and their families or carers.
A short break can be supporting someone for a few hours at home to give a family member a break to go out, to go away for a few days, or to go away overnight.
We have a number of short break and activity centres around the country where people can go for a few hours or a few days, meet new friends, learn new skills or try new activities whilst being fully supported.
We can also support people to go away for short or longer holidays with family or friends, or to plan and go away on holidays, sometimes with specialist supported holiday providers.
Speak out groups
Our local and national speak out groups encourage the people we support to speak up about the things that concern them. That might include telling Hft about how they’re supported, more support they might want in a particular area, how they want to be communicated with, or national or local issues affecting people with learning disabilities they might like to campaign on.
Supported living is where services are provided to people in their own home, or homes they may share with friends. Some of the supported living accommodation used by people we support is owned by Hft. We also work closely with private landlords, specialist housing companies and housing associations providing accommodation. Some accommodation is adapted with the use of Personalised Technology to the needs of the people living there, to help improve people’s quality of life, independence and safety.
We can help find jobs for people with learning disabilities, whether paid or voluntary. We support people to decide what they’d like to do, look for local job opportunities or work with other supported employment organisations. We can help people prepare CVs, get ready for interviews and go to interviews. We can support people to get to their jobs, or develop skills to get there on their own. We can also provide support at work until people, and their employers, are happy they can work without support.
Hft can support people to plan and research holidays, and provide support services for short or long holidays with family or friends. We also work with the people we support to plan and go on holidays with other organisations providing supported holidays.
Our family carer support team have also created a comprehensive guide to learning disability holidays in the UK and abroad.
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