“Life After School” report revealed
North Wales Together has recently unveiled their Life After School: the onward journey of young people with learning disabilities in North Wales research report and Good Practice Guide.
North Wales Together, a Welsh Government funded partnership involving all six North Wales local authorities and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, supports people and organisations to ensure people with learning disabilities are able to live a great life
The emphasis of the research was on the importance of getting transition from secondary school to post-16 options and opportunities right for young people with learning disabilities.
Flintshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Social Services and Wellbeing, Councillor Christine Jones, said:
“We wanted to understand how well North Wales is currently meeting the individual development needs of young people with learning disabilities and where improvement is needed. The research concludes with a set of recommendations for partners across health, social services, education, employment and skills and the Welsh Government.”
Amongst the findings were:
- The need to ensure that transition planning is holistic and includes all the life areas that are important to young people with learning disabilities such as friendships and relationships, being independent, and having a job.
- The importance of transition being joined up across health, social services and education
- Improvement to the supported employment offer for the region so that all young people have the right support to find paid employment
- The need to improve the post-16 offer for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
The research package includes:
- The full research report, the executive summary, and an easy read version - northwalestogether.org.
- A Good Practice Guide which provides a snapshot of innovative initiatives aimed at enabling young people with learning disabilities to achieve what is important to them.
Coming soon! Life After School resource – a collection of short videos aimed at young people with learning disabilities. Each video looks at a different life areas based on what young people have said is important to them when planning their next steps after school.
The resource is a collection of short videos aimed at young people with learning disabilities. Each clip looks at a different life area based on what young people have said is important to them when planning their next steps after school.
TAPE Community Music and Film’s Backstage Youth Club created these animations and recently won a Mirror award in the Ideas category for their work, at the All Wales People First Adfest event 2022 held in North Wales.
Here are some of the comments from the young people involved:
“I really enjoyed being involved – the best thing was the voice acting – the character I played was interesting and it was fun! It felt like it was really worthwhile and we felt so important!”
“The project was inspiring and fun and it was interesting to see it all come together and it will be really helpful for me in the future. Our Youth Club were really proud of us all that we won the award.”
A number of the recommendations will be progressed through the new children and young people’s workstream for the LD Transformation Programme. If you would like more information or want to get involved please get in touch at LDTransformation@flintshire.gov.uk.
The research was carried out by the North Wales Together Learning Disability Transformation Programme on behalf of the North Wales Learning Disability Partnership Group.
Pictured from left to right: Neil Ayling – Flintshire’s Chief Officer for Social Services, Kathryn Whitfield - North Wales Together (NWT) Programme Manager, Ramona Murray - Service Manager for Disability Services, Conwy County Borough Council, Ellesey Crawford and Mahfuz Chowdry - TAPE Community Music and Film, Youth club members, Stephanie Hall – NWT Planning & Development Officer, Councillor Christine Jones – Flintshire’s Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Social Services & Wellbeing and Kim Killow
Photo credited to HeddFWilliams