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Young People With Learning Difficulties Look to the Future

Published: 21st April 2017 15:11

Young people with learning disabilities are being invited to a new event showcasing the variety of options available to them when they leave school.

Information on a range of new services and college courses will be available at the Mountbatten Centre on 26 April from 11am-3pm, with parents, carers and young people encouraged to come along.

College courses with South Downs, Highbury and St. Vincent's have been designed to make sure people are prepared for the challenges and situations they may face in their adult life, and also include work placements to further aid this.

People with learning disabilities will be there to talk about their experiences of some of the support that is already available.

Companies present will include social enterprises such as Lily and Lime, The Right to Work and Aldingbourne Trust who can offer opportunities for apprenticeships, internships and other recognised qualifications in areas such as catering, horticulture, upcycling and e-business.

Three new health and independence services will also be on show: Creative Advances, Minstead Trust and CHAOS, who have developed activities and opportunities around promoting healthy activity, increasing independence and involving people in their community.

YOU Trust will also be offering advice about how to get an assessment for work to help determine what options are available to you such as work experience, voluntary work or paid employment and the relevant support available for people and employers.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, said: "We have a fantastic range of options available for young people with learning disabilities and this event is a great opportunity to find out what support is available. This is another exciting development in the health and care programme that is making a difference to people's lives by improving the way services are delivered in our city. We are providing residents of the city with much more choice and control around the way that their health and care services are delivered."

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