Vocational Services

Values in Cares Vocational Service forms an integral part of the individual’s

Our Vocational Services department has a number of equally important aims

Values in Care, established in March 2003, provides a range of residential and vocational services for individuals with learning disability who have additional complex needs including those with significant communication difficulties, behaviours that challenge, Autism and Aspergers.

We believe that individuals who may have historically been placed in low secure hospital environments, specialist residential schools or brought up fully supported by family and carers can live in ordinary housing within a social care model of support. What is important for these individuals is that they receive the right support from skilled and experienced staff and that the environments in which they live meet their needs.

To ensure that our service users have opportunities for gain meaningful experience and qualifications Values in Care have a unique approach through our Vocational Services Team that provides opportunities for Service Users to gain qualifications in the following Agored (formally OCN) accredited programmes – these programmes are ran from the ‘Hub’ our learning and resource centre:

  • Woodwork
  • Pottery
  • Cookery
  • Music
  • Horticulture

In addition to this, we are able to provide:

  • An outsourced Touch Therapy suite at the hub, this facility is accredited by the Millennium based Touch Therapy Trust and is run by Values in Cares qualified Touch Therapist.
  • A Teacch suite run by our Teacch Co- ordinator focussing on developing individual tailor made approaches to assist service users and carers to communicate effectively. These techniques have a proven track record of reducing confusion, frustration and challenging behaviour whilst building upon structured routine and consistency in the individual’s life
  • Weekly Holistic Therapy sessions run by our two qualified Holistic Therapists who work with service users in an holistic and therapeutic way.

Our Vocational Services Team facilitates supported access to:

  • A full range of mainstream and special needs College courses
  • Local Gymnasiums
  • Pedal Power
  • Cycle proficiency courses
  • Horse riding
  • Outward bound courses (bespoke tailoring)
  • Trampolining
  • Sports club run on a bespoke basis in local sports centres

Activities have included touch therapy, drama, canoeing, dog-walking at a refuge, cycling (recreational as well as the more formal cycling proficiency) as well as training in cooking, personal presentation, music, pottery, pedestrian road safety skills, creative writing, healthy walking with a trained walk leader, animal husbandry skills.

To continue to encourage and seek new ideas we are also in regular contact with course initiators having round table discussions on courses which we feel would be suitable for our residents and also for the wider inclusive community.
Values in Cares Vocational Service forms an integral part of the individual’s personal development package consistent with our person centred planning which is reported on and evaluated regularly at our internal multi-disciplinary Care Meetings and with external parties at six-monthly Review Meetings.
We support a package of community volunteering opportunities, we regularly liaise with the National Autistic Society, Wales in respect of individual social skills enhancement initiatives and are constantly researching new opportunities on behalf of our residents eg. local councils, local education departments, public service providers.

For further information about Values in Care and how we may be able to help you with supported accommodation:

Values in Care InfoSheet Vocational Services

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