A new adult support service has launched in Nottinghamshire to promote independence for people coping with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders or acquired brain injury.
The service, previously known as Nottinghamshire Adults Support Service, has been renamed by service users as Brighter Futures.
Brighter Futures aims to promote independence and support people who have learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders or acquired brain injury, to maintain their homes, break down barriers and connect them to their communities, as well as improve their wellbeing.
One user of the service, Michelle said: “My worker helps me open and sort my mail, because I am too scared to do it myself and used to get panic attacks when my mail arrived. My worker is always there to listen no matter what.
“She helps me get to my important appointments, which if she didn’t I wouldn’t get to at all.
“I simply don’t know what I would do without the service as I have so many problems and no one else has helped me the way this service has”.
The service provides support that can be tenancy-related, around improving health and wellbeing and/or getting involved with activities in their community among others. People do not need to have an issue with their housing to be eligible for the service.
The service, delivered in five areas of the county – Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood and South Nottinghamshire – can be tailor-made to each individual depending on what needs they have and what works for them. Support can be offered on a one-to-one basis, in groups and at their homes.