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Skills & Development Centres

Enabling & Developing Life Skills and Employment opportunities

Skills & Development Centres

Promoting Independence:

Care Expertise operates an on-site Skills & Development Centre at each of its Residential Care Homes and at the Manor Drive, Kings Court supported living facilities. Individually tailored programmes enable clients to develop independent living and communication skills and to learn how to integrate and interact with others. Activities are adapted and introduced to suit particular needs, and progress made toward agreed goals is regularly reviewed. The programmes aim to help clients with:

  • Communication
  • Socialisation
  • Making Choices
  • Developing Independence
  • Community Integration
  • Differentiating between objects

Families, Advocates and Care Managers receive regular reviews including written reports that detail the current programme and comment on the client’s participation in the various activities. Depending on the phase of the programme, reports may also include photographs and videos.

Life Skills, Education And Preparation For Employment:

Clients who live at the supported living houses have access to Life Skills Training, which includes budgeting and cooking, recreational activities in the community such as trips to the local swimming pool or cinema, and assertiveness. They also benefit from Employment and Training programmes, identified with the individual according to their abilities and interests, which encourage and enable paid and voluntary work placements. The highly skilled multi-disciplinary staff team give support in literacy, study skills, and IT, as well as practical training and help building self-esteem and confidence. The preparation for employment initiatives cover:

  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Office Administration
  • Sales
  • Domestic

In addition, clients wishing to enter or re-enter the world of work are given the opportunity to have mock interviews and are advised on such practical considerations as dress code.

The centres are available to clients attending on a Day Care basis as well as those service users living in the homes.

Client Groups Supported

Care Expertise supports people with:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Autism & other Developmental Disorders
  • Mental Health needs
  • Communication needs
  • Sensory needs
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia

What Clients Say

“Thank you for supporting L with the management of his diabetes and for providing him with all the basic skills for independent living”
Family member