Rotherham council is transforming the way people with a learning disability are supported.

For too long, individuals with learning disabilities have been left behind. But one council is taking action to change that. Discover how Rotherham Council is transforming the way individuals with learning disabilities are supported, and the impact it's having on the community. Plus, find out why a recent event in a local car park has shed light on the importance of inclusive support for all.

Rotherham council is transforming the way people with a learning disability are supported.

To help everyone to reach their full potential and live as independently as possible.

Regardless of their social care needs. In fact, one of our priorities is that people in the borough are secure, responsible and empowered.

We are adopting a more person-centred approach. By doing so we will look at what is meaningful and of value to each individual, ultimately enabling them to have a ‘good day’. Our residents will guide us to make sure they receive the right amount of support and are doing things that have a purpose.

Everyone is entitled to their own front door, and recognising that the support needed inside and outside of someone’s home will be different for each person.

The transition to a community-based service – moving away from the building and service based model – will take time and will be introduced over the next two years.

Rotherham council is leading the way on how to support all local people.

People who have been accessing community based services tell us…

“I’m so glad I moved to Social Eyes, we get to use different buildings, meet new friends and try new activities.”

“For as long as I can remember my son has wanted to be a singer and since attending the sessions he got the chance to be part of a band. His dreams really have become reality and the band has now performed in a local pub, with more performances in the pipeline. It’s just amazing to see. He was anxious when we first took him to the sessions but we’ve never looked back. My main priority is that my son has a choice. If he didn’t have his disability he would be making all sorts of life choices.  Getting the support he needs shouldn’t be any different.”

“Since my daughter started attending community based sessions she has quite simply come alive. To see the life skills she’s developed has been amazing. For 13 years she attended a centre.  We spoke to the Council about other opportunities we thought, why not give it a try. This was best decision we made and after only a couple of taster sessions she refused point blank to go back to her old day centre. She now gets involved in various activities throughout the week from swimming and drama club to cinema trips and cooking and eating sessions.”

“I have been given lots of new opportunities; It has helped me to try many new things, meeting new people and being supported by new staff.  It is great to be here.”