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03 September 2020

ADVERTISEMENT: Journey Enterprises has day centres in Northumberland, Newcastle and Durham for people with complex learning disability. We are a small local charity founded by parents of people with learning disability in 1983. 

We support conditions such as Down’s, William’s, cerebral palsy, Fragile X, autism and Sotos. These are lifelong conditions from birth, families using day services such as ours on a lifelong or long-term basis.  We provide support for adults to learn life skills and to train for part-time volunteering or paid work, but also provide a setting for friendship and inclusion.  Most of our service users (Clients) make life-long friendships in Journey’s Day Service. We can also support family carers, ensuring they reach carers’ services locally.

Working with Public Health England and local authority commissioners, we are currently providing our day service in an outreach model until the day centres are given the green light to re-open.  This new model has been operating since March and has enabled us to deliver both home-based 1:1 and small group support and support using technology.

We are aware that many families in our area may not be aware of our services. These are families where someone with complex learning disability is receiving a Local Authority Care Support award or NHS Continuing Healthcare Plan. This includes young people preparing to leave special schools and colleges in our region.

A short piece has been posted below to outline the services we offer and our blended service offer once day centres re-open:

Journey Enterprises is a local charity supporting 160 people with complex learning disability aged 18 – 70+.  The Charity provides services to enable Clients to learn life and work skills, to lead happy, healthy and inclusive lives. 

Journey has three Hubs, Coundon (Durham), Hexham (Northumberland) and Kenton (Newcastle), each Hub providing a varied activities timetable both on site and in community.  This ranges from activities to support health (nutrition, exercise, mental health, relationships) to creative and performing arts, woodwork and horticulture, a vibrant sports and outdoor programme, and employability training.  The Charity has enabled 63% of participants in its enterprise & employability programming to progress in to volunteering or paid work. Initial training is provided in the Charity’s small enterprises on and off site. 

We support conditions such as Down’s, Williams and Prader-Willi Syndromes, Fragile X, Sotos, cerebral palsy and autism.  The highest ratio of our Clients have Down’s Syndrome, a significant ratio of Clients also with co-morbid autism.  Clients form close friendships within service, and many carers form close bonds with other families in service. The Charity works in a Positive Behaviour Framework and within its own I Can assessment framework, Clients choosing a blended activities schedule working in small groups. We also support unpaid carers ensuring carers are informed about carers’ centres, carers’ respite grants, GP Carers’ Registers and prevention treatments and Local Authority Carers’ assessments.

Following COVID restrictions the Charity has reconfigured its service, initially providing a busy outreach service including 1:1, Care Calls, internet-based activities and chat sessions and a mobile activities and exercise equipment service.  These activities will continue as we now resume on-site service delivery in small group bubbles (Journey Hububs).

We are currently accepting new Client referrals to service. We also welcome applications for volunteering including Trusteeship, and new partnerships with local community groups and employers.  All employment opportunities are advertised on our website as well as local media, community websites, Job Centre Plus and college/university careers centres.

Initial enquiries to info@journeyenterprises.co.uk or the central number 01434 608118.  Your enquiry will then be sent to the relevant local Hub Manager.

Link for Website : https://www.journeyenterprises.co.uk/

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