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Transition Service to Launch for Young People with Disabilities

Posted on: 14/02/2018

Dorset’s disability charity, Diverse Abilities, is launching a new day care service for young people and adults aged 18 – 25 who have profound and multiple learning disabilities with complex medical needs.

The purpose of the new service, named Shapes Transition, is to support young people through the transition to an adult, while also supporting their families.

Those that opt for the service will be supported at Lily’s Place, the charity’s respite home, on weekdays during term time between 9.30am – 3.30pm and will have access to specialist activities and therapies plus opportunities for trips out into the community.

Launching after Easter, the service will be supporting a number of young people that previously have received respite at Lily’s Place during weekends and overnight, so for them the stability of visiting the respite home is ideal and important for their development to an adult.

Harrison, age 19, has been supported by the charity since he was 10 and will be accessing Shapes Transition a few days a week.  His mum Maddie said: “I looked into adult services for Harrison, but I couldn’t find anywhere suitable for his needs. I was delighted to hear about the new transition service as it means Harrison will have stability as he develops to an adult. Lily’s Place has great facilities for him and all the staff know him well and his health needs.”

Claire Stacey, the manager of Shapes, said of the new service: “This service will offer young adults the continuity they deserve to ease them into adult services whilst everything around them is changing.”

Shapes Transition is managed under Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulations and a CQC registered manager. Support will also be offered to families for their child to be transitioned over to the Diverse Abilities Adult Services as and when they are ready.

Find out more about Shapes Transition by contacting Claire Stacey on 01202 718238 or emailing shapes@diverseabilities.org.uk

Visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk for further information about Diverse Abilities and the work the charity does throughout the county.

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