With the ever increasing pressures at work and home, there are times when we all need some extra support to balance the demands of everyday life. That is why we are delighted to let you know that Encompass now provides a free and confidential, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) from Care First.

Why do we see working with children as being so rewarding? Probably because children learn and develop every day – caring for a child effectively can make their future brighter and their life better.

But, it’s just the same with adult care.

Historically, within care settings, it was expected that people receiving care should fit into a care plan designed for them, without any input into it themselves.

Person-centred support, or care, moves away from this method.

Transferable skills are basic skills which can be applied to a wide range of different jobs. These skills and abilities are developed over time, through experiences in a range of different settings. If you think you haven't got any transferable skills, think again. Read on to discover what transferable skills you have! 

One thing that makes humanity so remarkable is its capacity for empathy and compassion. We naturally care for others that extend well beyond our family and immediate circle of friends. However, some have more of a natural inclination towards caring than others.

Rawleigh House Registered Care Home for adults with learning disabilities in Sherborne is on the look out for volunteers on Saturday 16 June 2018.

The home is creating a sensory garden which will really benefit the people who live at Rawleigh House.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Living with any kind of challenge – be it mental health, a physical or learning disability – presents issues that simply aren’t a worry for individuals without them. But for individuals with challenges, things like day-to-day tasks, socialising and employment can be difficult or seemingly impossible without support.

Roughly 40,000 people in the UK have Down’s syndrome and around 750 babies are born with the condition each year.
Classified as a learning disability, Down’s syndrome can bring with it some developmental challenges, but with correct support these can be overcome.

In April 2013 a new benefit called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was introduced. It was designed to gradually replace the existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). However, the transition to the new benefit was not as smooth for everyone as it should have been, and in some cases PIP has caused considerable distress. 

Like it or not sex is part of our everyday lives and societal changes have made it more prominent than ever before.

Individuals are freer to live their lives in a manner that suits them and with it are free to explore sexuality and sexual experiences in a way that that would have past generations clutching at their pearls.

We have the luxury of enjoying our sexual sides in more or less anyway of our choosing – be that in a long term relationship or as a friend with benefits – unless, it seems you have learning disabilities.

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