Course Profile

Course Profile: Supporting People to be a part of their Community (1 Day)
It is no coincidence that the large Victorian Hospitals were built in what was then the countryside; thus separating the ordinary folks from those with Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and other needs that embarrassed society at the time. It was also very much part of the prevailing attitude that these hospitals were built to resemble rather grand stately homes so that the gentry travelling through the countryside were not offended in any way. Behind the walls, of course was a life that existed separately from mainstream society and this isolation allowed for a very grim existence. We have moved on and now the people who used to be hidden are living in ordinary areas of towns and cities, ordinary streets and ordinary houses. We could be naive in believing that the process of integration is complete; that we have overcome Victorian attitudes. Far from it. Without participation, inclusion, rights and value, the presence of people with Learning Disabilities is very little more than tokenistic. This course aims to help learners develop their practice so that social inclusion is much higher on the agenda and that service users are supported to enhance their lives within the community.

The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It links with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
the Learning Disability Knowledge Set:
Social inclusion, Policy & Legislation, Promoting inclusion with the individual and within the community, Promoting financial inclusion, Risk taking, Communication
Care certificate: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10
The course is designed for Health & Support workers in diverse Learning Disability contexts

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by 'social inclusion' and 'exclusion'
  • How living in an institution affected people
  • How the process of 'Normalisation' began: Nirje, Wolfensberger and O' Brien
  • The move from the institution to the community
  • How homes in the community could be replacing the large institutions with mini institutions
  • The importance of people having valued roles in the community
  • How Learning Disability services can contribute to exclusion by attempting to meet all needs internally
  • How lack of skills development can lead to exclusion and isolation
  • The need for active preparation for community participation
  • Why it might be difficult for people with Learning Disabilities to access services and facilities
  • The opportunities available
  • 'Special' or 'ordinary' facilities?
  • Facilitating choices
  • The differing levels of support for the individual in different settings and circumstances
  • The barriers that the person may come across in the community
  • How to support the person overcoming resistance to acceptance
  • What is Advocacy and the role of the Advocate
  • The link between finances and social inclusion
  • Supporting people's financial management so as to get the most out of community inclusion
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentation, Story telling, Large and small group work, Pairs & triad work, Feedback, Questions and answers, Handouts, PowerPoint presentation, Practice studies