Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the sessions held?
Sessions are currently held at our training room in Portsmouth. We have close links to motorways with free parking (you can obtain a permit from reception). Fratton train station is a 3 minute walk away and we are easy to find. The building is fully accessible and spacious. We can travel for Staff training but it is much better held in our room as we can then show all the resources that we use for staff to get ideas from.
How long is the main course and when is it?
The course runs over 3 sessions plus a certificate presentation event. Each session is 4.5 hours and usually on a Monday or Friday 10-230 (but subject to change), Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes early so that we can ensure everyone is ready to start on time. The certificate session is within our coffee morning which is usually first Friday of the month.
How much does the programme cost?
The funding we receive from National Lottery Community Fund covers the cost of the 3 day programme 'Prepare' including books and resources. You simply need to cover travel costs.
How long from referral to programme?
When we receive the referral we will check that we are the suitable service for that individual. We will contact to arrange an initial assessment and this will often be with our Learning Disability Nurse. The assessment takes place over the phone. We will discuss the current situation, any background that is relevant and look at the persons strengths and how we may need to adapt the sessions to fit their needs. We will discuss 3 goals that the person wants to achieve whilst with us. After this the referred person goes onto our waiting list where we try to place people together on a course depending on needs. It can sometimes take a while to be placed on a course, alternatively it could take a matter of weeks, a rough timescale will be able to be given at the initial assessment.