Adult social care

Learning disability supported activities

If you have a learning disability or autism we offer a wide range of options. We have groups and events that can be tailored to meet your needs.

All of our services work towards improving your skills to help you to do as much on your own as possible. These include working or being a volunteer, learning to travel alone, accessing leisure and social activities and improving your skills and knowledge.

The service is based around you and lets you to choose the things you want to do. We'll work with you and your parents or carers to best support you. We offer a key worker scheme as well as your own support plan to make sure we understand your needs.

The groups and activities take place mainly in the local community. We also provide some groups and activities within our community buildings in the following areas:

  • Athersley South
  • Dearne
  • Gilroyd
  • Wombwell

You'd 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.

Who it's for

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

We offer activities to suit people with:

  • mild to moderate learning disabilities
  • more complex learning or physical difficulties

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 supported employment and volunteering service and attend a placement on some days.

We also provide independent travel training for:

  • adults with learning disabilities
  • children from the age of 12 years
  • Other groups

This is to help you travel alone, 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. This will be either in our day centre or by helping people to access what's already available in the community.

Activities include:

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

This list is flexible and we're constantly reviewing what we offer. Looking to develop new programmes to suit the needs and wishes of the people that join us.

How to apply for supported activities

You'll need to get a social care assessment to see if you qualify for the services we offer by calling (01226) 773300.

You'll also need to have a financial assessment. This helps us to calculate if you'll 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. Find out about paying for your care.

If you're eligible, we'll develop a package of support that's right for you. We can also include your parents/family/carers. This will improve your daily living skills, help 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.