Adult Services

Supported Living Services

Supported Living offers the people we support the opportunity to live where and how they choose – in a home of their own or with people they choose to live with.

Location: Bangor, Belfast, Cookstown, Enniskillen, Lisburn, Lisnaskea, Magherafelt, Newtownards, Omagh and Portavogie.

Gareth McKenna’s story is a powerful account of how our supported living services transform lives.


Peripatetic Housing Support Services

Peripatetic Housing Support Services are for people who already have their own tenancy. These services generally offer a lower level of support, sometimes for a shorter term.

Location: Cookstown, Enniskillen, Omagh and Southern Health & Social Care Trust (Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon and Newry) areas. A number of these services also provide other supports, for example, with people’s “care”.

Majella’s account of how she has experienced support by Positive Futures.

Noel’s story illustrates how the peripatetic housing service works.


Residential Short Breaks

Residential short breaks offer opportunities to spend time away from family and give families a break from caring.

Our Short Break Service based in North Belfast offers people with a learning disability the opportunity to spend time away from their families, gaining greater independence while allowing their loved ones a break from their caring responsibilities. Our new purpose–built facility supports up to 5 people at any one time.

Location: Belfast.

To discover how the Service has made a difference, take a moment to read the story of James and his parents Kathleen and Clive. Since this story was recorded, Kathleen has sadly passed away.


Shared Lives Service

The Shared Lives Service gives adults the opportunity to live with and be supported by another family or individual (a Shared Lives carer). It also enables people who live with their own family to have short breaks with another family or an individual. This gives their own families a break (respite) from full–time caring. This service depends on families or individuals volunteering to provide placements thereby becoming a Shared Lives carer.

If you want to find out more about volunteering to offer these supports to adults and their families, contact us.

Positive Futures is proud to work in partnership with Shared Lives Plus. Members share resources and good practice in providing Shared Lives placements. Liz Palmer, Service Manager, chairs quarterly meetings of Shared Lives Plus Northern Ireland and we welcome visits from key personnel of Shared Lives Plus. The Shared Lives NI team have organised an annual family fun day for the past two years by way of celebrating Shared Lives carers and the people they support.

Location: Belfast and the greater Belfast area.

The story of Briege Hawkins and Kathleen McMullan illustrates how this service makes a real difference to people’s lives.