Community Connecting

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Who we are
What we do
Who can refer?
Who is eligible?
Contact Details
Success Stories
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Who we are

We assist customers with disabilities to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following:

  • Finding voluntary work
  • Socialising
  • Joining a club
  • Further Education; including College courses and other training opportunities
  • Using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy
  • Meeting friends
  • Traineeships
  • Travel training.

We provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.

What we do

When Community Connecting receives your referral you will be allocated to a Community Co-ordinator, who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Community Co-ordinator will ask you what type of volunteering or leisure interest you wish to pursue.

We will support you to explore opportunities in your community; working with you to identify your existing skills and help you to develop any new skills needed. When found we then plan with you how you are going to get to your chosen activity/voluntary position and will support you in this for the appropriate length of time. We will review our work with you regularly to ensure you are able to sustain your chosen activity/voluntary position.

Supporting new friendships

Friendships can be supported for all sorts of reasons, some examples may include: Gym sessions, fitness classes, swimming, café visits, meeting in each other’s home, cinema visits, pubs, evening classes, and dog walking. They would be supported in the same way as voluntary positions and activities. Once you have settled into your new friendship your Community Co-ordinator will have a chat with you to review it and then fade away to leave you to it.

Who can refer?

  • Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) Worker
  • Wiltshire College Tutor
  • Wiltshire Supported Internships Job Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Wiltshire Specialist School Teacher
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic Service
  • Wiltshire Council; Social care advice and Information 0300 456 0111
  • Integrated Youth Service
  • Adult Care and Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD)
  • Looked After Children (LAC)

Who is eligible?

SEND Service referrals

  • Young people 14 to 25 years of age with a My Plan or Statement of Special Education Need (SEN) or previously held a statement.
  • Young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) not meeting the above criteria and between 16 and 25 years of age (funded from Aiming High budget).
  • Resident in the county of Wiltshire (local authority boundary area).

Adult Care and Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities referrals

  • In all cases approval is required before making the referral:
  • 18 years of age and above
  • Has an assessed eligible need for this service (Care Act 2014)
  • Identified under the following Reported Health Conditions
  • PI: Long term health condition – physical (acquired physical injury)
  • N: Long term health condition – neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Acquired Brain Injury)
  • SI:  Sensory Impairment (visually impaired, hearing impaired)
  • LD: Learning, development or intellectual disability
  • ASC: Learning, development or intellectual disability (Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/High Functioning Autism)

Please note that customers are not eligible if they are working with another Wiltshire Council supported employment service or supported by a universal service such as a Work Programme provider.

Contact details

For more information about these services call the team on: 01225 718004 or email west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk

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