Children and families

On the RiverbankBrandon Trust supports families with children and young people aged 5-18 years. The child or young person must have a learning disability and/or autism, but may additionally have associated conditions related to physical or mental health. We provide short programmes of support, regular weekly support, short breaks 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. We work with families so that they can choose their own staff and design support which flexes around them, allowing the child, young person, their parents and siblings, to be families first. This could be commissioned in a variety of way, from four hours a week to 24/7 depending on the child’s assessed need. This service is charged on a hourly basis through direct payment, self-funding, or commissioned through the local authority or clinical commissioning groups.

We also 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 always 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 and young people to share their dreams and aspirations with us so we can work together on achieving the things that are really important to them. We support young people in transition, helping them to prepare for adulthood, and can continue to provide support through our adult services if required.