We are Walsingham Support, a charity that has been supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries and complex needs for more than 30 years.
We really take time to get to know the people we support; to identify their needs, to learn about their abilities and aspirations, and to recognise what makes them unique.
By taking this approach, we create tailored, person-centred support to enable every individual to live their life to the full.
“We seek an equal and diverse society, in which people with disabilities are citizens in their own right who are supported to be happy and to reach their full potential.”
Back in the 1980s, people with support needs often ended up in large, long-stay institutions, miles away from their families. Mark and Anne Snell wanted more for their 14-year-old son, Matthew.
So in 1986 they founded Walsingham Community Homes. Its aims were simple: to provide high-quality care for people with disabilities in small-scale, local residential services.
Since then, it’s not just our name that’s changed. We’ve grown, not only in size but also in the services we offer. Today, our highly trained, passionate staff provide support for people with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries and complex needs in the way that best suits their needs.
Through a range of support options including:
Extra care: also known as sheltered housing or assisted living, we provide support on a specially developed site that enables individuals to hold their own tenancy.
Residential care: provided in shared accommodation with support staff on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people who are not ready to live independently.
Supported living: enabling people with a disability to live independently in their own home, giving them greater control and freedom.
Transition support: supporting individuals through the move from children’s to adult services, to make the transition from home or residential college to independent living as smooth as possible.
Positive behaviour support: working with people to address challenging behaviours, enabling them to develop skills that will improve their lives.
Personalisation: we have a dedicated personalisation department, created to develop a tailored, person-centred support strategy uniquely shaped around the needs of each and every individual we support.
Direct payments: these give individuals more choice and control over what support they receive and how it’s provided, and we can help to manage the process from application to ongoing support.
As a Charity we see the individual not the disability, we look at their potential on the barriers. We work with individuals, their families and carers to develop creative yet practical solutions that match each person’s abilities and goals, giving them the tools they need to thrive and enjoy a fulfilling, happy life.
We believe that our way of thinking sets us apart from other providers in our sector – and we’re proud of that!
If you would like to find out more about Walsingham Support and how we can help you or a member of your family, please get in touch.