Programmes

Children &
Young People
Parents & CarersFamiliesSchools, Colleges & UniversitiesCommunity OrganisationsCorporate Businesses

Children & Young People

 

The Places You Will Go!
(Age 13 – 18; 18+)

The Places You Will Go! programme facilitates young people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities to meet up with one another, just like other young people. Activities are designed to support young people in practicing life skills in real life situations. It is hoped that at the end of the programme, young people will have been introduced to the tools necessary to independently plan to meet up with a friend and to gain a greater sense of confidence when out in the community. Parents will be supported to further enhance the skills introduced to their child.

Blushes and Crushes
(Age 13 – 18; 18+)

The Blushes and Crushes programme is suitable for a group of young people with a mild to moderate general learning disability within the age range 13-18 years. The programme will run over six sessions.This group supports young people to learn about all aspects of relationships and sexuality in a safe and supported environment. The material is tailor-made to the strengths and challenges of the group with specific consideration given to the following:

  • transitions for children / young people from one setting to the next and developmental stage of the young person
  • young person’s understanding of relationships and what might be of significance for them
  • parents / carer’s desired learning outcome(s) for their child

It is hoped that by the end of this programme young people will have gained relevant information, enhanced awareness and understanding over topics relating to relationships and sexuality. Through the experience of the group, young people could go on to make informed choices or decisions in the future.

Learning about all aspects of relationships is a continuous process. Course material will provide parents and young people with a framework to build on as they move forward together. 

(Groups for young people aged 18+ are available on request.)

Parents & Carers

ParentSpace

The ParentSpace programme is offered to parents and carers of children and young people living with a mild to moderate general learning disability (age range 7-18 years).

The workshop series celebrates parents and carers and encourages them to live out loud within their families and various other contexts, be it the home, school, community and / or corporate business.

The programme is carefully designed with specific focus on the life experience and journey of parents and carers of children and young people living with an intellectual / learning disability.

A process is followed in celebrating and enhancing the specific strengths and supporting the specific challenges of the group in order to nurture further growth, capacity building and resilience.

Families

Individual Consultations

Live Out Loud works in close partnership with parents, families / family members of children and young people living with a mild to moderate general learning disability and recognises and acknowledges their personal circumstances.

The Live Out Loud team (maximum of two consultants) engages with individual families and listens to parents and children / young people and discusses what is important to all parties. This is done through a supportive environment which is both private and confidential.

A tailored Family Support and Intervention Plan (FSIP) with priorities and realistic targets is designed during the consultation process in collaboration with the family to meet the strengths, challenges and needs of families / family members in their life journey. Adopting this holistic way of work provides support towards strengthening family relationships.

The support and intervention facilitated through the individual consultation process with families / family members aim to achieve the following:

  • facilitate children / young people to participate optimally in the mainstream and community settings
  • optimise children / young people’s learning opportunities in all life settings
  • support transitions for children / young people from one setting to the next

The team at Live Out Loud is dedicated and committed to all families they work with and recognises the following key aspects are of utmost importance:

  • acknowledge and celebrate the parents, family / family members as partner(s) and expert(s)
  • strive to acknowledge, realise and celebrate the family’s unique strengths, abilities and expertise
  • enhance wellness and quality of life for all members of the family
  • provide regular contact via a “key worker” system
  • provide coaching / mentoring to develop new skills
  • provide a link and offer support between all aspects of your child’s life – family, school, community and others
  • offer advocacy on behalf of parents and / or family

Schools, Colleges & Universities

Celebrate Diversity

Live Out Loud offers workshops, inclusive of a process of support and intervention to individual schools, colleges and / or universities who wish to include children and young people with an intellectual / learning disability. The workshops, support and intervention are specifically designed for and with the individual educational setting.

Workshops, training and education brings evidence-based approaches and ample good practice examples. The individual, his or her rights and the value and expertise of families are at the heart of all Live Out Loud activities.

All workshops, support and intervention will include and promote the following key aspects, inclusive of specific intended outcomes for each individual organisation:

  • to raise awareness of children / young people living with a mild to moderate learning disability
  • to increase understanding of the strengths, abilities and challenges of children / young people living with a mild to moderate learning disability
  • to increase understanding of effective communication and support
  • to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitude of staff working in the educational setting
  • to foster a more inclusive, accommodating and invitational educational environment
  • to facilitate inclusion, participation, experience of success and independence of children and young people living with an intellectual / learning disability in the school, college and university

Community Organisations

Celebrate Diversity

Live Out Loud works in close partnership with community organisations.

Specialised support is provided to community organisations to raise awareness of and tolerance for disability and / or difference.

Specialised support is designed in collaboration with and provided to community organisations so that they can:

  • facilitate children / young people to participate in the mainstream and community settings
  • optimise a child / young person’s learning opportunities in everyday routines
  • support transitions for children / young people from one setting to the next

Live Out Loud’s support and intervention programmes

  • support the wellness of employees
  • acknowledge the community organisation as expert and partner
  • provide regular contact with team members
  • provide information and resources
  • support the wellness of the organisation’s members / volunteers

 

 

Corporate Businesses

Celebrate Diversity in the Workplace

Live Out Loud is well placed to offer a high quality and unique service to corporate businesses that wish to encourage and grow an inclusive workforce and celebrate diversity in the workplace.

Live Out Loud believes in process work and continued collaboration with the client(s) forms a significant part of our offering. Outcomes and content of workshop(s), training, support and intervention always reflect these crucial elements and focus on the transfer of relevant knowledge, attitudes and skills.

Our service is based on our in-depth understanding of, and wealth of experience in, the field of intellectual disability. Our training brings evidence-based approaches and ample practice examples to employers and their employees. The aim is to help the individuals living with an intellectual disability find an inclusive work environment where their strengths, abilities and talents can be celebrated and enabled for them to live out loud. The employer and / or supervisor are guided to facilitate the transition and seamless inclusion of the individual.