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Keys PCE Futures 19-25
Keys Futures 19-25 is a service based in Walton Liverpool, dedicated to young adults with learning disabilities.
The Head of this Service, Mike Smyth explains more:
What is Futures: 19-25?
“Futures 19-25 offers extended educational and skills input for young learning disabled adults aged 19-25. Occupying an important place in the market, it completes the range of services for children and adults currently available vis Keys PCE.
Mike leads a skilled, dedicated and experienced team in delivering social, educational and skills-based input. He continues: “Futures 19 – 25 is geared towards targeting key outcomes, rather than extending exposure to a full school curriculum. This specialism represents the main difference between pre and post 19 education services for learning disabled individuals.”
Reflecting the four key outcomes of the Government’s ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ programme, the curriculum model at Futures 19-25 focuses on independent living, community inclusion, employment and health.
The service is anticipated to grow further whilst continuing to provide an excellent standard of provision and potentially extend its offer to include further education and employment-based training for learning disabled adults.
Futures 19-25 occupies a newly refurbished, secure and segregated area Rice Lane. The high quality space is an ideal size, is flexible, modern and attractive. It is well resourced, with a particularly strong IT element which is primed to become the backbone of the programme delivery.
Mike adds, “Most importantly, we have an excellent staff group, offering key management, teaching and training skills, with experience gained through years working within child and adult services through the wider Keys Group.”
Futures 19-25 On the Starting Block
The service is awaiting registration for the educational element of its provision and is currently operating as a social funded skills-based service.
The registration is expected later this month.
Expressions of interest in the service can be made in the form of enquiries or visits by any young person or their representative (parent/carer/other involved). Direct referrals will be via social workers.
Impact on Service-Users
Mike hopes the introduction of the service will have a profound and positive affect on the young people it serves, by promoting personal development. The staff hope to make a positive difference to the lives of those heading into their adult years, with the benefit of outcomes-focused input.
For Mike, it’s also about gaining recognition as an important community resource, which does great work in imaginative ways. “Our background (adult social as well as SEN education) sets us apart from our competitors, in a very good way. I’d like us to be a bit different and stay a bit different.”
Looking to the Future
Although there is work still to be done with the current model as it moves away from social funding towards an educational/skills status, Keys PCE are planning for the future.
There are plans to set up a small, off-site café which will be operated by students which Mike explains “is a separate branching which could lead to other distinct developments.”
“I think it’s important to realise that this service has significant development plans via Keys PCE and there are some exciting development opportunities in areas of adult education and practical employment-based training.
These would be separate projects and/or partnerships with specialist resources aimed at enabling learning disabled people to live fuller lives of decreased financial dependence. The future is full of options and possibilities. Keys PCE seek to enable young adults, via Futures 19-25 to make these options and possibilities very tangible realities.”