Introducing our Learning Disability and Autism Team

A dedicated front line team has been created in a bid to further protect our most vulnerable adults, helping them reach their full potential and lead more independent lives.

Introducing our Learning Disability and Autism Team

Telford & Wrekin Council has formed a Learning Disability and Autism Team which has been supporting individuals, their families and their carers in promoting and developing their independence in their local communities throughout Covid. 

Working with the individual and the people important to them, the team supports people to work and learn in an aspirational, positive and meaningful way.

The team, which has years of experience and passion for supporting those in need, has adapted to a new way of operating during the coronavirus pandemic, with strengthened partnership working and fresh ways of linking with individuals, their families and carers to deliver services.

The team has also been looking at a number of developments to drive modern and innovative thinking into the support commissioned for individuals to ensure the offer provided is helping with the things most important to them.

Councillor Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We are proud of the work that our newly formed Learning Disability and Autism team has been carrying out throughout the community.

“Here at Telford & Wrekin Council we recognise the importance and the relevance of having dedicated front line practitioners supporting individuals who have care and support needs.

“In line with national practice developments, the team will be supporting individuals, their families and their carers to be part of their local communities, developing independence, having meaningful relationships, accessing good quality health care, getting a job and all the things that are important to them.

“The team has been really successful in helping individuals achieve their goals and make great progress so far, especially given the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic. We couldn’t be prouder of the work they are carrying out as we look to protect, care and invest to create a better borough.”

It comes as the council launches a modern, digital-led service to provide fresh opportunities and to maximise independent living skills. 

The council’s My Options service has developed a number of new ways of delivering day activity services to tackle the “new normal” in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

This includes online and homebased activities, support in the community, and programmes for learning new skills to use in everyday life. Support will be delivered that enables people to work towards skills that are important to them.

You can find out more about the My Options day activities services by clicking here.

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