Milestones run two Day Opportunities groups for adults with learning disabilities on weekdays which are community-based.
The aim of these services is to increase social inclusion, enable people to increase their social skills and develop new relationships in their local area.
There is a strong focus on the person as an individual and staff are committed to person-centred planning.
Some people attend the South Glos group during holidays from residential schools and colleges and people may also have 1-1 support from the Stepping Forward team members.
"I've never seen him so happy, he has been excellently supported with his depression. His mood and well-being have been consistently great since he's joined you."
Parent of service user
Activities are built around service users interests and goals and have included:
Using the gym
Skittles and Golf
Attending college courses
“Michelle has always wanted to work with children,” says Chris Hill, Day Opportunities Project Coordinator. With support from Milestones Trust, Michelle now works at a local pre-school every Tuesday.
“I really enjoy my job and doing activities with the children,” she says, “especially arts and crafts, outdoor activities and reading stories. I like it here. I’m going to stick with it.” Michelle has been working at the nursery for just under a year now, the longest she has ever been in a job.
“She’s a different person,” adds Chris, “as confident as anyone would be if they’d just got themselves a nice new job and a place of their own.” This is Michelle’s other milestone: she has moved out of her parents’ house and into supported living for the first time.
“I enjoy living independently in my own house with two housemates,” she says.