This service focuses on clients who want to learn new skills or improve on their existing skills. It provides the necessary skills required to be literate, to gain or remain in employment.
We offer the following services: –
●Numeracy skills acquisition (Certificate issued)
●Computer literacy (Certificate issued)
●Writing and reading (Certificate issued)
●C.V write ups
Our trainings are delivered jointly, for clients with similar learning goals. This allows for classroom interaction and discussions. The trainer ensures even participation from attendees through a question and answer process. Training materials to suit individual needs are also provided, to enhance our users learning experience e.g. pictures, handouts and graphics where necessary.
Due to the varying needs of people with disability, we know that some individuals would function better in a one to one environment. Our highly trained course administer ensures that such individuals are supported holistically, taking into account their needs or requirements. Learning aids, like pictures and graphics are used to enhance learning experience.
Our numeracy, computer literacy, writing and reading classes come with certification upon completion. We offer these trainings at the foundation and next level (level one). Individuals that have successfully completed the foundation can progress to level one for further learning. Both our foundation and level one trainees are issued with certification on completion.
At enrolment, trainees are divided into classes based on their needs and level of comprehension.
We are aware of the challenges faced by people with disabilities with day to day living. Therefore, our Life Skills Training, focuses on empowerment and confidence building including the rights of people with disability, as protected by law.
The training we provide includes
●Living independently and keeping individuals safe in their homes
●Keeping self-safe when out and about in the community
●Keeping self-safe when out and about in the community
●How to report concerns
●Understanding and managing money
We also provide detailed information about statutory and voluntary agencies e.g. MENCAP (who provide support for people with disabilities).
Whilst acquiring the skills necessary to gain employment, it is important for people with disabilities, who are not currently employed, to gain insight of what a work environment is like. In view of this, we have an agreement with various businesses and agencies that have agreed to offer work placement to our service users.
We also provide in-house work placement (where individuals who work with us, gain work experience in the process).
Our partners include London Academy & Recruitment Centre, Grand Willows Limited, The Forward Project and we work extensively with the Job Centre Plus to support individuals get back into work.
We have a detailed work placement plan drawn up with employers with contributions from clients with the sole aim of achieving amongst others the following: –
●Develop and improve confidence
●Develop and improve inter personal skills
●Develop and improve skills necessary to gain employment
●Gain practical experience in a work environment
● Problem solving and analytical skills development
●Other skills required to work with others
●Improve on skills and knowledge acquired from our trainings e.g. be more proficient with using the computer
Our independence is the key service, focuses on improving client’s independence and to ensure they are less reliant on others. This is a popular service as people with disability engages in various activities of daily living necessary for independent living.
The various classes under the independence is the key includes:
Cooking and baking – using the oven and burners safely.
Laundry and ironing – Loading, emptying, spreading, folding and hanging
Cleaning and tidying up – Safely using the hoover and cleaning materials
Shopping and money management – Going to the shop or safely shopping online.
Bills payments – Going to the local post office and bank to pay bills
We know that there is a lot going on that you sometimes chose to keep inside, due to due to various factors e.g. fear of how it would be taken either by family members or professionals.
You do not have to worry as our “say it out session” is designed to help.
We run a bi weekly emotional support session facilitated by a qualified counsellor where you can speak your mind and get advice and support. This is a group session where you can speak and listen to others speak as well. One to one session is also available if be required.
We are conversant with the provision of the Care Act 2014, in relation to safeguarding vulnerable people. Therefore, keeping our clients safe is as important as empowering them. In view of this, our “be safe” session focuses on educating our clients on the various forms of abuse and making sure that they are aware of how to identify it, get support and report it to the relevant persons or agency. The session we run focusses on the forms of abuse listed below.
At the end of these sessions, we expect our clients to have a better understanding of the various types of abuse and be confident to challenge it, get support and report it accordingly.
Our “be safe” session is very popular with professionals and commissioners as it empowers clients in a different way. This is a unique service provided by LDTC as other agencies are presently not delivering this service.
We provide day opportunities for individuals, where they are supported to engage in activities of their choice. These activities can be within our facilities or outside as decided by the service users.
We organise day outs, where we support individuals or a group of individuals to access the community for sightseeing or visit places of interest for pleasure or to complete activities e.g. swimming, bowling, singing, movies, dancing and various other recreation activities.
Our onsite activities that includes art and craft, soft craft, drawing, painting, pottery, sewing, flower arrangement, keep fit sessions.
Our day opportunities are flexible and can be tailored to meet individual needs.
Due to the challenges faced by people supporting individuals with disabilities and how having access to information and advice would help simplify the process and their responsibilities. Our support staff, are readily available to have a one to one discussion and offer the necessary advice.
If more specialist input is required, we can provide information on various statutory and voluntary organisations able to address issues of concern or deal with the queries further.
For some employers, employing people with a disability can appear daunting. However, employing someone with a disability is as straight forward as employing someone without a disability.
Statistics have shown that employing people with disability have various benefits. For example, on average, people with disabilities take less days off sick or absent from work. Another study conducted by Cardiff University showed that on average, people with learning disabilities stay three-and-a-half times longer than non-disabled
co-workers in employment.
To simplify the employment process for the employer and employee with disability, we provide the following services:
●Support employers to complete a detailed risk assessment highlighting risks and how to address risks identified.
● We complete assessment of support, the individual would need to safely complete the tasks and provide information to seek funding for this level of support. For example, support to access the building or support to set up work space.
●Tailored advice and information on how employers deal with issues they find challenging.