Working with Young People
Growing up is hard to do... and it’s even harder when you’re trying to prove that having a disability shouldn’t mean compromising on your aspirations for a meaningful and satisfying life.
From year 9 onwards (ages 13/14), all young people with Education, Health and Care plans should start transition planning. This is where the hard work starts. Often it means an extra person at your annual review, or an extra section in your paperwork called something like ‘long term views’, or ‘aspirations for the future’.
However, in reality, transition should be much more extensive than it is. If you and your young person want the best outcomes, you have to plan ahead in all aspects of life, both at home and in education. Young people don’t become independent overnight, and disabled young people may not develop life, social and work skills naturally as they go along. They may need extra support and planning to do that. It’s a big ask for any family, alongside all the other day-to-day demands of raising your young person to be the best they can be.
How can we help?
We work a bit like an extra pair of hands, and are here to support you and your young person.
check and handle paperwork
attend meetings with you
act as a communication facilitator between you and your young person
help guide you through the maze that is transition.
Creating Education Health and Care Plans
We recognise that transition planning is complex and often overwhelming. By using our expertise, we can pull together all the community resources that your young person needs. We even create some of our own!
How we work
Get in touch
When you get in touch, we will have an initial phone call about where you are in the process, what you want to achieve and next steps - there is no charge for this. Then we’ll get to work, and arrange a first meeting.
We will link you with a Transition Coach, who will support you on an hourly basis. We can work with you for one meeting, or for as long as you like; right up to leaving college, starting work or even leaving home.
Your Transition Coach will lighten the load. They can be there at school meetings, but will also go much further. How is your young person going to socialise? Are they engaged in their local community? Are they building skills they can use in work? Are they increasing their independence? We can support you with all of those unanswered questions.
Our Transition Passport is a tool to map skills and abilities and progress over time. This will help you and your young person to identify key strengths and areas to develop. We can then broker support, activities and work placements to help them to progress towards where they want to be.
You will pay an hourly rate for each hour/part hour. This can be paid for privately or can be paid using a young person’s DLA, Pips or ESA. In some cases, we may be able to discuss using direct payments from Social Care with your Social Worker.
Why do we want to help?
We want to support you because we’ve been there! Our two founders have had long careers working with local communities, disability charities and social enterprises. Find out more about how our journey started.
Gaps in the system
We recognise there are too many gaps in provision for our young people and that sometimes, transition planning isn’t done very well. We will work with the young person and their family keeping them in the centre; well informed, in control, and with real choices that we know are out there.