Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow to be held next week

By Jamie Hill - 10 June 2019

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An event offering advice and information for parents, carers and professionals who support young people with additional needs is being held at the Civic Offices in Euclid Street next Wednesday (19 June).

Swindon Borough Council is hosting the Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow following the success of three previous events. This year’s Roadshow is part of National Learning Disability Week, which runs from 17 – 23 June 2019.

The event will take place between 12noon and 5pm on Wednesday 19 June, and will see around 40 stallholders provide information and advice about the services they offer for young people with additional needs to help them plan for their future.

This year, there will also be a number of organisations attending who are new to the event, including Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, Swindon Job Centre Plus and NatWest bank.

There will be five presentations as well as the opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Councillor Mary Martin, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Moving away from services for children and young people and into Adult Social Care and Adult Health Services, and from school into college or work, can often be daunting for all those involved. However, there are many services in Swindon which support individuals through this transition, and many of these will be on-hand at the Roadshow to offer advice and answer any questions.”

Preparation for the transition to Adult Health Services can start from around the age of 14 and considers aspects such as health, independent living, social life, employment, education and training.

Councillor Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “The Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow provides an excellent opportunity for parents, carers and professionals who support a young person to receive any extra information which they may need in order to help them through the transition to adult life. I hope that the event helps all those involved to feel more informed and confident about the support that is available in Swindon.”

The Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Kevin Parry, will also be attending the event.

The first three Roadshows, held in March and September 2017, and in June 2018, were really successful in providing parents, carers and professionals with the advice and information they needed.

Over 90 parents attended each event, one of whom said: “I have found the whole Roadshow enlightening, reassuring and very worthwhile. I have a considerable amount of information to take away, digest and apply about the local services and organisations which provide pathways, opportunities and experiences that can help my daughter to live as much of an independent life as possible.”

For more information about this year’s event, please visit: www.mycaremysupport.co.uk.

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