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. We work with housing providers to make this possible.
Houses are based in local communities and our teams of Support Workers follow individuals’ support plans to provide people with the type of support they need during the day and, if necessary, at night. This means that the people we support can do things in their local community – like going to the leisure centre, using the bus, shopping and going to church – and do as much as they can for themselves, like cooking, shopping, budgeting and personal care.
Location: Bangor, Belfast, Cookstown, Enniskillen, Lisburn, Lisnaskea, Magherafelt, Newtownards, Omagh, Portavogie and Coleraine.
Gareth McKenna’s story is a powerful account of how our supported living services transform lives.
We provide Peripatetic Housing Support Services for people who already have their own tenancy. These services generally offer a lower level of support than that offered by our Supported Living Service and 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”.
Noel’s story illustrates how the peripatetic housing service works.
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.
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.
The Shared Lives Service gives adults with a learning disability, autistic spectrum condition or acquired brain injury the opportunity to live with and be supported by another family or individual (a Shared Lives Carer).
This support can be long–term, overnight or day support. Our Shared Lives Carers are ordinary, yet extra–ordinary, people who have time in their lives and, where required, space in their homes to offer someone support.
From long term arrangements to weekend breaks and days out, each Shared Lives arrangement is unique to what the individual needs and what the carer can offer. In short, Shared Lives Carers provide an experience of family life for the person they support whilst that person is with them. Carers come from all walks of life and in all aspects of their caring role professional social work support, training and guidance is provided.
Positive Futures Shared Lives Service is registered with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority. The service is delivered in line with best practice and regulatory requirements.
If you want to find out more about offering these supports to adults and their families, contact us.
Positive Futures is proud to work in partnership with Belfast Health & Social Care Trust in the delivery of this Service, and with Shared Lives Plus. Members share resources and good practice in providing Shared Lives placements.
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.