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PREPARING FOR ADULTHOOD – THE LOCAL OFFER
TUESDAY 17 JUNE 2014
ASHBURTON HALL, EII COURT, WINCHESTER, SO23 8UQ

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WELCOME

Tesni Mason Children’s Services Hampshire County Council welcomed everyone
and outlined what the Local Offer is.





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Carol Dixon from Parent Voice gave a demonstration of the Local Offer and
answered questions from attendees.


WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Nicola Gitsham from Preparing for Adulthood, National Development Team then
facilitated a number of different activities.

Each table considered the following questions to help understand what was needed
to be contained within the Local Offer.

 Think of three questions you might want answered about Transitions and
Preparing for Adulthood
 Where would you expect to find them on the local offer site?
 The last time you didn’t know who to contact – what was the question?

Questions included the following.

 What can I do during the day?
 Sexual Health and relationship advice
 What do I do next?
 How and when do I start looking for a home/getting a job?
 What do I need to know?
 I want a job – help me find one!
 Funding – when and how?
 How do I DBS check my employees?
 How do I contact a friend on facebook?
 Where do I find out about support for transferring college/courses?
 I’ve left school – what benefits am I entitled to?

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DECIDING WHICH HEADINGS TO USE

Each table was given one of the eight themes:

 Independent living
 Getting involved
 Family carers
 Staying healthy
 Money
 University and work
 Being and adult
 Getting around

Using pens and a tablecloth each table considered the following three questions:

 The helpfulness of the theme
 What would you expect the theme to cover?
 Which organisations can help provide information?




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Independent Living


 Where will I live? (Alternative name instead of independent living)
 Housing benefits/eligibility
 Speak with organisations working with young people and parents for whom
future living arrangements are key.
 What are my options?
 Speak with Housing Associations about simplifying information and routes
towards living arrangements
 Shared Lives
 Residential
 How does turning 18 change the legal decision making and funding process?
 Not living with Mum and Dad
 Moving out of home
 How does the housing list work?
 Different local authorities have different systems. Housing lists working in
different ways






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Getting Involved



 With what? When?
 Participation
 Activities
 Avoiding being used and taken advantage of/gullibility/conned/mate
robbery/theft
 How do I make decisions?
 Responsible involvement
 Alternative button suggestions – Taking part, community matters, what’s on?
Keeping busy, Having a life
 Social activities
 Volunteering
 Participation
 Preparing for adulthood
 What age does it start?
 Who is the audience? Young people? Their carer/support worker?
 Staying up late – example of a good site
 Involvement at key ages e.g. Primary involvement, secondary involvement



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Family Carers



 We feel we are alone. Who looks after my child when I’m gone?
 Where does the young person go for help? Now they are adult?
 Independent living skills – need this
 Where do I even start?
 Help?
 Questions under all the buttons
 Being an adult – how?
 Who will help ‘him/her’?
 Language barriers – social exclusion/lack of help/feeling of being
alone/confusing



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Staying Healthy



 Scouts
 Guides
 Healthy eating and advice
 Carers support
 Dentist
 Health Passport
 Podiatry
 Leisure centres – accessibility
 Sight check
 Weight watchers/slimming world
 Listen
 Princes Trust
 Stars in the sky
 Staying safe on the internet
 School nurses
 Princess Royal Trust for Carers
 Safeguarding
 Mental Capacity Act
 CCGs
 Carers Together
 Charities that offer advice to young
people e.g. options
 Counselling services
 Information on Health Liaison Nurses
and what they do
 Parent Voice
 Mental Health
 Exercise
 Swimming
 Community Nursing
 Sexual Health Advice
 GP services
 Transition in Health
 Physiotherapy
 Speech
 Occupational Therapy





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Money

 DWP
 CHC
 Health and social care money
 What can you spend direct
payments on?
 Consistent information needed
 Legal advice
 Debt management
 Accessible information (sensory
impairment and learning
disabilities)
 Makaton
 Financial services - what is
available?
 Where do I go to get advice?
 Cost of services
 Rent
 Benefits and advice
 Power of attorney
 Getting a bank account
 Budgeting
 Charging for care
 CAB
 Direct Payments
 Trustees
 Sibling management
 Advice on how to be an
employer for tax returns –
payroll advice, staff, DBS,
emergency cover, insurance



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University and Work



 Change to University and
Training?
 Continuing education
 Getting ready for work
 Presentation skills
 Interview skills
 Time keeping
 Learning new skills
 Problem solving
 Building a CV
 Self employment
 Work experience
 Supported employment
 Supported internships
 Social firms
 Social enterprise
 Vocational
 Further education
 Paid work
 College
 University
 Travel funding
 Funding support
 Volunteering for community
services
 Independence
 Money
 Travel
 Housing options
 Confidence
 Social skills
 Time keeping
 Form filling
 Equipment
 Volunteering
 Language for older young
people
 Housing
 Link to Education



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Being an adult


 Going out with other people
 Meeting new friends
 Meeting lovers
 Learn about relationships and sex
 Who can support me with bus training?
 Road skills
 Using public transport
 Finding health services and staying healthy
 Education about health living
 Apprenticeships
 Leaning about internships
 Finding a job – support to do this
 Volunteering and/or getting paid
 A job we want – not all of us want to work in a charity shop
 Making my own choices
 Money – help to help me more with spending
 Benefits – am I on the right ones?
 Making my own choices
 Getting new skills
 Getting out and about on my own





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Getting around



 Getting to work
 Shopmobility
 Criteria
 Motability
 Wheelchair accessible
 Planning your route
 Equipment/aids
 Hospital transport
 Hampshire Transport
Management
 College transport
 Costs
 Walking groups
 Changing places
 PA support staff attitudes
 Costs of travel
 Subsidies and financial support
 People willing to offer lifts/car
share
 Blue badges for organisation
that transport people with SEND
 Individual travel training
 Inflexibility with school transport
 Accessible timetables easy
read/apps
 Getting the bus and getting a
bus pass
 Travel assessment
 Who should I talk to in
Transport department? (HCC)
 Buddy scheme
 Someone to go with
 Criteria for disabled pass
 What’s different? What are the
criteria?
 Bus pass – companion/carer.
Who do I ask?
 Cycles for all – accessible bikes
in safe areas
 Safe space – shops/centres
where I can go if I get worried

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WHERE CAN YOU FIND WHAT YOU WANT?

Everyone then used their questions and tried to see if they could be answered under
one of the suggested themes.





CONCLUSION

Many of the themes overlapped. You could expect to see them in several different
places. The most important thing is that the search facility works and current
information is available on a wide range of subjects.

How and when and what do I do next? These were questions people were asking.
Many thought that phrasing information around questions would be helpful.

We need to make sure we know who the audience is. Is it primarily for young people
or their carers? Young people prefer it to be focused on young people and written in
an accessible way. Must remember not everyone has English as their first language.
Need to consider sensory issues.

One approach that can be taken could be
 Using questions
 Starting with – my family,

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University and work – consideration is needed as to how this theme can be made
wider. “what about lifelong learning and work? ”, “does it need to be two different
themes – one education and the other getting a job/employment?” “University is
elitist”. “education, training and work”.
Alternative: education, training and work

Notes: training to be considered as into work and life skills (my money, travel
training, confidence and social skills. Wider variety of trainers, not just formal
establishments.


Being an adult – this was very popular and people felt it gave an opportunity to
consider issues such as relationships, sexuality and dating agencies. Making the
right decisions, keeping safe,

Alternative: Becoming an adult

Notes: making the right decisions was a common theme across several areas.


Money – this was very popular with people wanting to know what they were eligible
for, direct payments, funding, money management, where do I go for advice, power
of attorney, getting a bank account, checking my benefits,

Alternative: My money


Getting around – road sense, apps that can help, public transport, bus training,
discounts, blue badge, transport buddy, route planning, bus pass, safe taxi’s

Alternative: My travel choices


Independent living – key areas identified were accommodation – where can I live
and with what support? What is the eligibility criteria? Some people felt that the
theme could be very broad while others assumed that it focused just on
accommodation. Moving out of home, understanding terms – supported living,
shared lives, residential, out of county, independent living. Working out which option
is right for you. Not living with Mum and Dad.

Alternative: Where will I live?



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Getting involved – the focus of this was social contact, what can I do during the day
and what to do once leaving full time education. This could be sectioned according to
age group.

Alternative: taking part, community matters, what’s on, keeping busy, having a life,
what can I do?

Staying healthy – sexual health and relationships, and health checks. Need to be
clear if it is health services or health and wellbeing advice/ health promotion / healthy
living. Counselling services, slimming / healthy eating,

Alternative: Healthy Living, healthy lifestyles, How do I have a healthy lifestyle?

Notes: Health services information on GP’s, different roles and services will be found
in a separate section of the Local Offer.


Family and carers –Who will look after my child when we are not here?

Alternative: My family

Notes: there is a potential to have a section within each theme on what carers and
family need to know or what support is available. Some people thought that this
should be a stand alone theme but others did not.













A BIG thank you to the young people, parents, carers, and organisations who
attended the workshop. Find out more and keep in touch via our twitter and
facebook page.

Hants Prep 4 Adulthood: @prep4adulthood https://twitter.com/Prep4Adulthood

Hants Preparing for Adulthood on Facebook: Facebook Hants Prep4Adulthood
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Adulthood/267796133423333?sk=timeline


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RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Pathways to Getting a Life book
http://www.gettingalife.org.uk/downloads/2011-Pathways-to-getting-a-life.pdf

Personalisation in Practice – Supporting young people with disabilities through
transition. Franklin and Sanderson
http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/author/2869

Link to Preparing for Adulthood Countdown to Implementation document – Delivering
Support and Aspiration for disabled young people plus all PfA graphics
http://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/resources/pfa-resources

Nicola Gitsham:
Nicola.gitsham@ndti.org.uk
Twitter: @nicolagitsham
www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk or www.ndti.org.uk

Hampshire’s Transition Programme/The Local Offer: Preparing for Adulthood:
Samantha.hudson@hants.gov.uk
Siobhan.sweeney@hants.gov.uk
Alex.tye@hants.gov.uk

Parent Voice:
www.parentvoice.info