How we take those in our care on a journey and grow with them
Here at Progress, we consider the transition through our services of paramount importance. Forward-thinking and planning ahead is a vital element to ensuring those in our care have the best quality of life at every stage of their journey.
We caught up with our Development Officer, Adam Nicholls, to give an insight into how we tackle transition services.
Can you please introduce yourself and give us a background on your role within Progress?
Certainly. As the Development Officer, I a lot of my work is supporting our Hub services. My role is to help with growth, support, and transitions. I set up new activities for children and young people both in our care and in the community. A major part of my job is to help with the transitions. It is absolutely vital that we are transitioning the young people in our care into services appropriate to them. Regardless of whether that support is from our residential services or helping them stand on their own two feet.
What does that transitions journey look like?
The best way to describe how we take people on a journey and grow with them is to give you an example of one of our young residents. A young person we currently support has epilepsy and was placed with us as a child within one of our children’s homes. As he was getting older and becoming a teenager, we worked with him to gain the necessary life skills to help him prepare for adulthood. As he’d soon outgrow the children’s residential home, we spoke to him. It is his life, and so we wanted to include him in our plans. We asked what it was he wanted from his future, he was adamant he wanted an ordinary life and as much independence as possible and to have a house of his own. Naturally, we thought this was excellent and were more than happy to put the relevant steps in places to make this happen.
We began by looking for somewhere appropriate. We won’t deny that we hit a few stumbling blocks along the way. It’s in the tricky moments that the team shine. We worked together and collaborated on ideas until we found a solution. During that period, Tom continued to use the services. We aren’t going to stop supporting an individual at a time they need us the most. We took advantage of the time we had by helping him develop his life skills.
On this occasion, we partnered up with a charity: ‘Golden Lane Housing’. They support young adults with disabilities. With their help, we were able to find a suitable house and secure the young person his own tenancy. Golden Lane took on the task of securing and managing the rent ensuring the appropriate benefits were in place to pay the rent and bills. We also carried out internal discussions with the local authority to provide the correct support package. We needed to make sure he had all the assistance he needs to support his epilepsy.
Thanks to the transition process we have here at Progress, this young adult is one of the many that have progressed within a supportive environment. He is now living semi-independently on his own two feet; travelling to and from college alone. He can invite his friends and family in a space he can call his own; something he highlighted as important to him. We are immensely proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of his journey. Seeing how far he has come, witnessing his sense of self-confidence and achievement is validation that our transition services help the children and young people in our care reach their full potential. No matter their age.”
Transitional services are precious. It is essential that we evaluate the lives of all those in our care. Regardless of if they are children or young adults, and support them on their journey. With each individual we think to ourselves, how are they going to progress with us? Can they advance into independent living? We will sit with them, and along with their own goals, plan the best outcome.
After all, progress is what we are all about.