Pathway developing friendship/ relationship and being part of the community
Friendships, relationships and being a part of the community they live in are really important to a young person’s quality of life. There are many ways to get involved other than being in education or employment.
Finding out what is available in your local area
Our community directory Well Aware and family information directory 1Big D are good places to start exploring what is available in your local area. The leisure, libraries and culture section on our website is also a good source of information about what’s going on where you live.
Volunteering can provide alternative opportunities for you to gain skills, achieve your goals, and develop a better sense of civic duty and responsibility. CVS South Gloucestershire supports volunteering in South Gloucestershire. We work closely with one of our partners, the South Gloucestershire Volunteer Centre Partnership to do that.
The Partnership operates through two independent Volunteer Centre’s based in in Thornbury and Yate and Volunteering Services based in Kingswood and Patchway Filton and the Stokes run by Southern Brooks Community Partnerships.
Volunteering Matters works in partnership with local organisations and businesses to help disabled people actively volunteer (via supported volunteering if necessary) and contribute to their community. They offer support placements in many different work environments such as retail, gardening and hospitals.
Transport and travel
Further information about transport and travel options.
Two Preparing for Adulthood videos showcase the importance of friendship for young people preparing for adulthood.
Relationships and sex
Relationships and sex are a rich and important part of everyone’s life – and that includes people with a learning disability. There are many free resources available to support you in this area including:
- An FAQ page on relationship and sex by Mencap
- A growing up, sex and relationships booklet to support parents of young disabled people provided by the Council for Disabled Children.
- Within the catchment of Bristol The Brook offer free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing experts for the under 25s.
Driving and Mobility
The Driving and Mobility Centre West of England is here to help disabled and older people keep mobile and independent, and help those affected by medical conditions stay safe on the road. We have an expert team of Occupational Therapists and Driving Advisors that undertake comprehensive assessments of ability to drive a vehicle safely and in comfort.
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