These services are specifically designed packages of day support for people with profound and multiple disabilities, using the skills of one and often two carers, depending on the needs of the individual.
Service is largely community based, with service users being collected from and returned to their homes at the beginning and end of each day. Service users also have access to all the facilities at the Parchment Trust Co-operative, where they are also able to meet with each other and with friends; they also have full access to Friary Gardeners, including the "Changing Places” toilet facilities.
The aim of these schemes is to maximise young people’s opportunities in the community and to allow them access to new experiences. The principles of autonomy and independence are equally as important for this client group as for service users in the Co-operative and Friary Gardeners
Activities depend entirely on the needs and abilities of the individual but may include: swimming; using sensory equipment; passive exercise; shopping; eating out; cinema; outings; using public transport; music therapy; meeting with friends; theatre visits; holidays. Each service has a vehicle allocated to them, appropriate to the needs of the service user.
Many service users have cooking sessions, baking or preparing meals for their families. Service users will plan meals, select ingredients and prepare food to be taken home.
Many service users access sensory rooms in the community. These rooms are specially designed to develop or heighten a person’s sense through different lighting, music and objects. They are therapeutic and also a place to unwind. Some of our service users can relax on a matt or bean bag where they may enjoy some physio at the same time.
Many of our Service Users enjoy making craft items, from cards for loved ones on special occasions to Easter baskets and Christmas gifts.
Groups get together during the Christmas build up to skate at Brighton ice rink. This is a very sociable activity, which helps everyone get into the Christmas spirit. Service Users and staff wrap up warm and enjoy a few laps of the rink together.