Supported activities

We offer opportunities for adults with a learning disability and autism, including a wide range of groups and activities that can be tailored to meet your needs.

All of our services work towards improving skills and abilities that enable people to be as independent as possible. These include working or volunteering, learning to travel independently, accessing leisure and social activities and developing your skills, knowledge and experiences.

The service is person-centred and enables you to choose the things you want to do. We will work with you and your parents or carers to best support you. We offer a key worker scheme as well as individual support plans to make sure we understand your needs.

The groups and activities take place mainly in the local community, however we do provide some groups and activities within our community buildings, in the following areas:

  • Athersley South
  • Dearne
  • Gilroyd
  • Wombwell

You would be expected to travel to and from any group or activity that you choose to attend, whether this is in the local community or at one of the community buildings.

We provide flexible support during daytime hours.

The first point of contact to access our service is through our customer access team on 01226 773300 and ask to speak with adult social care.

Is it for me?

People of all ages and with a range of disabilities use our services and we are always creating and developing community links to encourage more people to use our facilities.

Whether you have mild to moderate learning disabilities or more complex learning or physical difficulties, we'll offer activities to suit you.

Types of activities

You can mix and match services and support to meet your needs. For example, you might want to spend part of your week with us and the rest going to college. You could decide to use our employment and volunteering service and attend a placement on some days. 

We also provide independent travel training, working with adults with learning disabilities, children from the age of 12 years and other groups who need help to travel independently, either on public transport or on foot.

Our service users often tell us what kind of activities they want to get involved in. Wherever possible, we'll try to provide these, either in our day centre or by helping people to access what's already available in the community.

Activities include:

  • cookery
  • gardening
  • sensory
  • managing your money
  • exercise classes and other leisure activities
  • walking groups
  • day trips
  • volunteering with local groups and businesses

This list is flexible and we are constantly reviewing what we offer and developing the programme to suit the needs and wishes of the people that join us.

How to apply for supported activities

We'll need to do a social care assessment to see if you qualify for the services we offer.

You'll also need to have a financial assessment. This helps us to calculate if you will need to pay towards the cost of your support. If you prefer not to have a financial assessment, you can pay the full daily rate yourself.

If you're eligible, we'll develop a package of support that's right for you, and we can also include your parents/family/carers. It'll improve your daily living skills, enable you to get out and about, and support your overall health and wellbeing.  You'll be able to continue with hobbies you already enjoy and we'll support you to follow other interests.