A 10 week (one day a week) motivational course for adults with learning disabilities and their carers.
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Using a person-centred planning tool, Self Advocates attending the course identify their personal goals and what is needed to achieve them. Separate sessions for the carers guide them towards giving the appropriate level of support to their client. Exciting methods of displaying peoples' dreams, ambitions, thoughts and feelings are used - for example dream catchers, PATHs and Moments With Me (a book where Self Advocates can chart their journey so far and where they want to be). The project aims to ensure that the Self Advocates have a voice, and can work with their carers to achieve their goals. The pilot study was run in Spring 2008 and was an outstanding success. There is already a long waiting list for the next course, but since the Learning Disability Development Fund passed out of the control of the Primary Care Trusts, funding is now insecure. The cost for a course which supports 12 Service Users plus their carers is around ¬£15000. This includes the costs of outside speakers, all materials, photographic and video records, staff time, volunteers' expenses, cost of accreditation of the course with the Open College Network and room hire.
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