- 2b Park Drive, Bangor, BT20 4JZ
- Contact Person
- Agnes Lunny
- Telephone Number
- 028 9147 5720
- Email Address
- Web Address
Our aim is to transform the future of people with learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition.
Adult Services include :-
Supported Living Services
Supported Living offers the people we support the opportunity to live where and how they choose – in a home of their own or with people they choose to live with.
Location: Bangor, Belfast, Cookstown, Enniskillen, Lisburn, Lisnaskea, Magherafelt, Newtownards, Omagh and Portavogie.
Peripatetic Housing Support Services
Peripatetic Housing Support Services are for people who already have their own tenancy. These services generally offer a lower level of support, sometimes for a shorter term.
Location: Cookstown, Enniskillen, Omagh and Southern Health & Social Care Trust (Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon and Newry) areas. A number of these services also provide other supports, for example, with people’s “care”.
Residential Short Breaks
Residential short breaks offer opportunities to spend time away from family and give families a break from caring.
Our Short Break Service based in North Belfast offers people with a learning disability the opportunity to spend time away from their families, gaining greater independence while allowing their loved ones a break from their caring responsibilities. Our new purpose–built facility supports up to 5 people at any one time.
Shared Lives Service
The Shared Lives Service gives adults the opportunity to live with and be supported by another family or individual (a Shared Lives carer). It also enables people who live with their own family to have short breaks with another family or an individual. This gives their own families a break (respite) from full–time caring. This service depends on families or individuals volunteering to provide placements thereby becoming a Shared Lives carer.
CHILDREN & FAMILIES SERVICES
We provide emotional and practical support to families who have a child or adult with a learning disability using person centred, community development approaches.
Family Support Services for children and families
As the name suggests, staff and volunteers from these services support the whole family. They provide opportunities for children and young people to become more involved in the community and make it possible for parents, brothers and sisters to enjoy fuller lives.
Location: Bangor, Lisburn and South East Fermanagh (Lisnaskea area).
Better Futures – family supports for older carers
Better Futures, which we established with support from the Big Lottery Fund, is a project for older people who care for a family member with a learning disability.
Research has shown that older carers often feel isolated and are fearful about the future care of their children. Better Futures staff and volunteers provide advice and practical supports as well as helping them plan ahead, so that we don’t have the appalling situation in which people hope their children die before them.
If you’re 60+ and care for a person with a learning disability, speak to your Social Worker about our Better Futures Project.
Location: Bangor and Lisburn areas.
For more information, contact Anne Murphy, Project Co–ordinator on 028 9147 5720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Together – bringing together young adults with a learning disability and other young adults to pursue shared interests
This project is designed to bring together young adults with a learning disability and other young adults who volunteer to help them follow their interests. Each participant is matched with a mentor who supports the young person for one to two years. During this time, the person being supported will gain confidence and attain goals that might otherwise have proved impossible. We work in partnership with Belfast HSC Trust.
For more information, contact Gregg Nicholl, Project Co–ordinator on 028 9074 1271 or email@example.com.
Positive Behaviour Support
Positive behaviour support is an approach that helps reduce stress in the people we support and their carers
It does so by establishing the causes of behaviour that challenges and addressing these. In Positive Futures, positive behaviour support is coordinated through a steering group made up of senior operational managers, Service Managers, our Behaviour Support Coordinator and our external consultant from Studio III, Andy McDonnell.
Positive behaviour support within Positive Futures includes training for staff and support and guidance on managing behaviours that challenge.
The Coordinator of this service is Darragh McCullagh
Helping people live the life they want
“The Life I Want” – empowering adults with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition to have choice and independence to live the life they want now and in the future
“The Life I Want” is a way to enable the people we support in our Supported Living Services to make decisions about how they spend their time, who they want to support them and how they are supported. As part of this, we work closely with the people we support, their family, friends and staff from other organisations, listening to everyone’s opinions so we can understand what is important to and for the person now and in the future. We call this event “Planning Live”.
A variety of person–centred tools are used throughout “The Life I Want” process to help us learn and understand what a “perfect week” looks like for each person. By thinking about what each person would like to do with their support hours, we can begin to assess what is achievable, and how we can ensure the person receives the right amount of support to enable them to achieve the life they want.
By empowering the people we support to make their own decisions and by challenging our own thinking about how we can fulfil these wishes, the people we support can achieve greater choice and independence to live life as they choose.
We put the people we support first – always
This is the first of our Organisational Values and in each Corporate Plan our first Strategic Aim always relates to the people we support. In order to put people first as an Organisation, we need to ensure that the voice of the people we support is heard in decision making at all levels within Positive Futures.
We do this through our Participation Strategy which is delivered by our Participation Worker and has resulted in the establishment of a range of participation groups, including the Advisory Board and groups within Services and Projects and the involvement of the people we support.
- Available to Age Groups
- Category of Services
- Disability - Learning Disability, Autism, ADHD
- Areas covered
- Newry & Mourne
- North Down