26 November 2012

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a special event taking place tomorrow (27th November) as part of a groundbreaking new approach to supporting young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

The Transitions Big Event is an opportunity for disabled young people, their families, carers and the people who work with them, to learn about the new transitions service set up by Northamptonshire County Council.

The new transitions service aims to improve the way disabled young people aged from 14 to 25 are supported in the journey from childhood to adult life.

The county council is one of the first in the country to take this new approach which will replace the existing arrangement of having separate services for disabled young people and young adults. This means young people will have the same team support them as they get older and progress into adulthood.

Those attending the event will take part in workshops and sessions looking at what has been achieved so far in creating the new service as well as give feedback about what improvements they would like to see and how the service can best support them.

The event will also include an interactive reconstruction of an employment pathway, including apprenticeships, work-related learning and support, colleges, independent providers and volunteering options. There will also be information about support that is available from various organisations in the county.

Cabinet member for public health and social care Councillor Robin Brown said: “We want to make sure all of Northamptonshire’s disabled young people have a positive experience as they grow up and transition in to adulthood.

“Over the past year, we have been working closely with many young people, families, carers and partner organisations to get their help in developing the new transitions service. Next week’s event is a chance to continue this work, as we share with everyone all that has been achieved so far, as well as discuss our next steps as we move forward in creating the new service.”

Cabinet member for children, learning and skills Councillor Andrew Grant said: “Part of our ambition in creating the new transitions service is to make sure that as young people with disabilities grow older and become adults, they are successfully moved on to education, employment or training opportunities.

“We know that this is something that young people and their families also want to see, so next week’s Transitions Big Event will be focused around an interactive pathway of stalls relating to learning, jobs and support. We hope that everyone who attends will gain valuable advice and information on work-related support and services, learning and development and paid work.”

For more information see the Transitions webpages