Mencap is a learning disability charity working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our work covers all aspects of people’s lives including education and employment.
Support to families with a child of any age with learning difficulties. Information and advice available.
Tel: 0808 8081111
Mencap currently provide personal support to 5,236 people with a learning disability. As of March 2019 we operated 137 registered locations. With 94% of our services being rated as good or outstanding. All our support is personalised and focused on giving the people we support more independence in their home and community.
We provide personalised support packages, whether it’s from a few hours a week to 24-hours a day, seven days a week in specially adapted accommodation.
We support people with many different things, such as everyday living, finances, maintaining their tenancy and taking part in activities within their community.
If you receive IB or ISF you can purchase our Personal Support Services. If you don’t currently have an IB or ISF but think it could work well for you then you should speak to Bradford MDC. If you are unsure who to contact then please contact us and we can help you with that. Individual funding can be used flexibly so you tailor the services you receive to better meet your needs and help achieve your outcomes. It will give you greater choice and control over the services you receive.
Mencap will work with you and your circle of support to help you decide what services you need and who will provide them. For example Mencap could provide you with support at home and arrange day services for you from another provider.
In addition to standard supported living services; Mencap supports people with more complex needs, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autism, as well as those who may not be able to express how they feel; which may lead to different behaviours. Our teams work with each person to understand their needs and routines.
Working with families is a very important part of our work. We understand that you may have anxieties and that you know your family member well. We will work closely with you and keep you updated around progress, whether you live close by or further away. We have a family pack that we will share with you that sets out our approach in working positively with you.
In Bradford we currently provide personal support to 2 groups of housemates in their own homes. Both of these supported living services are fully funded by Bradford City Council, we work closely with the Local Authority to ensure the people we support have the highest quality of life. The families of the people we support really appreciate all the work our teams do for their family member.
Supported living is not a prescriptive model of service design and can look very different for different people. People who live in support living have security of tenure. As a tenant or homeowner the person has a right to choose who provides their support and can change support providers without moving home.
Models of supported living:
- Living in a rented or owned property and getting an individual support package
- Sharing with others in a rented property and each person getting an individual support packages
- Living in a network of houses or flats and supporting others as well as getting support
- Extra care or sheltered housing.
Living in a support living service means you will be responsible for paying all daily living costs including food and utility bills. Once benefits have been allocated we will support you to make an annual spending plan and complete our document ‘supporting me with my money’.