04 November 2013

Young people with disabilities and learning difficulties can find out more about the support and services available to them at the Transitions Big Event next week (11 November 2013).

What is the Big Event?

The Big Event is part of the new transitions service set up by Northamptonshire County Council 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 was one of the first in the country to take this new approach to transitions, 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.

The event is an opportunity for disabled young people, as well as their families, carers and the people who work with them, to find out what support and services are available and how they can be accessed through personal budgets and support planning.

At the event:

Alongside a marketplace showcasing a wide range of services and providers, the event also includes Northamptonshire’s Got Talent which will see local schools and groups showing-off their skills, including performances from signing choirs and African drumming.

Those attending the event will also be able to take part in drama workshops, learn DJ skills or try out some martial arts, to name just a few of the various activities on offer throughout the day.

Cabinet member for adult social care Councillor Suresh Patel said: “The transitions service is all about making sure Northamptonshire’s disabled young people have a positive transition into adulthood.

“The event is a chance for young people with disabilities or learning difficulties and their families to learn about the support and services available to help them in this journey, as well as try out some new activities, learn some new skills and have some fun.”

Event details

The Transitions Big Event will take place on Monday 11 November at the Park Inn in Northampton.

There is no need to book, people can just come along at any time from 9.30am to 7pm.