A group of people who use Henshaws Disability Support Service met last week to continue developing their independence skills. They have all completed Henshaws ‘Keeping safe in the home’ training, enabling them to safely remain alone in their home for a set amount of time. On Monday they were joined by Disability Support Service Rehabilitation Officer Vicky Clarkson and Police Community Support Officer Phillip Wright for a day long refresher course.
This was a great opportunity to bring everyone together to go through what they had learnt during their individual sessions, as Vicky explains:
“Our keeping safe in the home training is a flexible and responsive programme which we’ve developed to support people with learning disabilities, physical and sensory impairments to have the freedom to spend time alone in their own home. Everyone here today has completed their own personalised programme and assessment, but it’s the first time we’ve brought them all together as a group to go over the skills they’ve learnt.”
“The group have been sharing their own experiences of being home alone and helping each other come up with solutions for different situations. It’s been fantastic also to have the support of Phil from North Yorkshire Police. Today he’s been speaking to our group about Stranger Danger and how to keep safe, which has been really informative.”
Sam, Henshaws Art Maker and user of our Housing and Support Service, tells us what the training means to her:
“We’ve done lots of role plays to prepare us for different situations, like if someone comes to the door. I’ve learnt to use equipment which helps me if I’m home alone, including a dictaphone with useful phone numbers and a device to help me pour my own cup of tea. It just gives you a bit more freedom which is great.”
Fellow Henshaws service user Dolly adds:
“I enjoy being able to stay at home on my own. I go bell ringing some evenings so if the other people in my house have an earlier activity planned, it means I can stay at home and get ready. If the phone goes I feel confident to answer it and it’s helped me develop my problem solving skills too.”
Every person following the programme is supported by a specialist Rehabilitation Officer from Henshaws Disability Support Service. They all cover core areas such as familiarisation and location of key aids and equipment, developing effective communication skills, basic staying safe skills, raising the alarm in an emergency, independent living skills and awareness of health needs.
To learn more about how our training programmes could support you or someone you know, please contact our friendly Henshaws Disability Support Service team on 01423 886451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org