In Gloucestershire we support over 170 people with learning disabilities. Since 2006, when Brandon Trust started working in the county, a lot has happened. We went into partnership with local commissioners to provide services for individuals with the agreement that Brandon Trust would aim to bring about change – moving away from registered residential care into more independent living arrangements. This process is now well under way; creating real opportunities for individuals in their communities.
We support anyone with learning disabilities and/or autism living in Gloucestershire. Services can be funded by an agreed package through Gloucestershire County Council who manage the budget, or via a Direct Payment, or a self-funding/private arrangement.
Here are some stories from people we support in Gloucestershire. They demonstrate how people with a learning disability are succeeding in their own communities through support that has been developed with them.
We provide the following services:
Accommodation with support
We still support a number of people through this model of provision, providing high-quality care and support and taking a person-centred approach to enable individuals to meet their outcomes. We plan to move more of our residential services to a supported living model to continue enabling more people to have increased freedom to live the lives they choose. We also provide support for individuals who require nursing care. The nursing home supports 11 people and provides specialist support and care to people with profound support and complex health needs.
Over 75% of people who access a service in Gloucestershire are supported through a supported living model. Many share their home with others and receive 24/7 shared support with individualised support to ensure outcomes are met.
This type of support is delivered in or from the person's home and can be from just a few hours a week to a varied package of support which is delivered every day, and can also include telephone support and access to a 24-hour advice line. Many people welcome the opportunity to plan exactly when, where and how their support is required. We believe in enabling people to set individual goals and structure our support in a way which best meets specific needs.
Children, young people and families
We’re already supporting a small number of children and young people with learning disabilities and autism in Gloucestershire and are looking to extend our offer to more families.
We can provide regular weekly support in the family home and local community, from a few hours per week to 24/7 support, depending on assessed need. We can design short breaks on a 1:1 or small group basis, offering opportunities for the young person to spend time away from home, try new activities, increase independence, and make new friends.
We work alongside the family unit, ensuring that wherever possible, families choose their own staff and design support which fits around them.
Summer activity holidays
We work closely with PGL to provide 7-day activity holidays for 14-18 year olds. You can find more information on the PGL website.
Our area employment project coordinator works with people we support, support teams, and employers.
In a 12-month period 14 people found paid employment with 23 others undertaking work experience or voluntary work. A further 13 people have embarked on a pathway to employment.
Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project
The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.
This programme is a unique partnership of community-based organisations including Brandon Trust, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
Gloucestershire area office
Waterwells Business Park
01452 886 307
01452 886 436
Regional Director - Ingrid Vlam
01452 886 307
If you'd like to chat to someone about a service, contact Debbie Holloway on:
01452 886 307 / 07464 670 470
If you'd like to make a referral, download and complete the referral form (pdf) and email back to Debbie Holloway.
Alternatively, you can post your referral to the Gloucestershire office.