Children and families

On the RiverbankBrandon Trust supports children and young people aged 5-25 years who have a learning disability or autism. Some people may have additional physical, behavioural, and mental health needs too. The support we offer extends to people’s families and our aim is to support children to live at home with the people that love them most. We provide regular weekly support, behavioural support, short breaks, activity sessions, and activity holidays.

Our services are designed as an alternative to traditional models of support which often ask families to fit into services that don't fit their lives. We're not a buildings-based service, so the support we provide is delivered in the family home or in ordinary community facilities, including holiday accommodation for people who want short breaks.

We work with families so that they can choose their own staff and design support which flexes around them, at the times they need it. This support can be commissioned in a variety of ways, from a few hours a week to 24/7 depending on the child or young person’s assessed needs. This service is charged on an hourly basis through a direct payment, self-funding, or commissioned through the local authority or clinical commissioning group.

Dance and dramaWe can deliver joint training for family members, including siblings and grandparents, to enable them as a family to have the tools they need to be resilient and less reliant on paid support. We can signpost families to other support networks, independent advocacy, finance, and benefits advice.

We also aim to provide excellent support and advice to young people preparing for adulthood, ensuring they have opportunities to develop independence at key transition points, and that they and their families are afforded as many choices as possible in respect of their future support. Many young people choose to continue support from Brandon as they reach adulthood, either in the family home, or in their own single or shared accommodation.

Above all, we encourage children to be children first and to share all the experiences that their siblings and non-disabled peers would as part of their own childhood. We ask families, children, and young people to share their dreams and aspirations with us so we can work together on achieving the things that are most important to them.

"Jake has just reached his 17th birthday. Now a young man, the importance of the transition period from school to adulthood becomes increasingly evident. It is hard to believe but reassuring, that Brandon Trust has been very much part of Jake's development over the past five years.

"Their wealth of experience and knowledge of both children's and adult care, has obviously been invaluable in providing the essential continuity and the innovative support that they have offered to both Jake and the family... We firmly believe that their continuing involvement with Jake will be integral in his progress to meet the challenges of adulthood." Vince and Irene - Jake's grandparents

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