Taking big steps: How day services are making an impact

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Our flexible day services in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are delivering structured activities that meet the specific needs and interests of their service users.

What this looks like will differ depending on the service user and what is available to the service, but it could consist of:

  • Taking a day out somewhere
  • Walking through a park or nature reserve
  • Learning how to cook their favourite meal
  • Playing a board game
  • Making a cup of tea

Our planned activities offer service users the chance to pursue their goals and interests, and to try new experiences in a safe, controlled environment. Our staff see countless examples of how this structure helps them to gain confidence in trying new things and feel more independent.

Below are two stories from our day services, which showcases how we can make a huge impact to a service user.

"This was a big step and he loved it."

Mundy Street service users visited the Luminarium at Highfields in Nottingham.

The Luminarium offers a controlled sensory experience which consists of inflatable domes displaying beautiful colours and patterns, captivating the senses with lights.

For one of our service users, Joseph, this was a huge step.

Lisa, our Mundy Street manager, said:

"Joseph doesn't go out much, so this was a big step and he loved it. He went out in the mini-bus and had a great day at the Luminarium."

Not only did Joseph enjoy his time out at the luminarium, but it seemed that he would be eager to do more trips in the future.

"When he arrived back at Mundy Street he was so happy and kept signing to go back out in the mini bus!"

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"He really struggles with trying new things”

Service users at the Dukeries Autism Centre in Worksop visited Danum Museum, Library and Gallery in Doncaster.

Home to impressive collections of books and art, there was a lot to see on the visit, and our service users loved exploring.

Support Worker Paige gave a special mention to one Dukeries service user, Scott, who previously had a bit of trouble with new experiences.

Talking about the trip, she said:

“Special shout-out to Scott as he really struggles with trying new things and he did fabulous!”

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We find these positive stories come from giving our service users the choice and independence to decide what they do, where and how they do it.

Our approach

As autism specialists, we understand that every autistic person is unique. For that reason, we use person-centred principles to promote each person’s well-being, respecting their needs and dignity.

Our vision is a world which recognises, understands and values autistic people, and where they and their families receive the services and support they need throughout their lives.

In everything that we do, our experienced staff work with individuals to develop a plan that meets their specific needs and interests.

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