Young people

Young people

Welcome to the dedicated zone for young people.

In this zone, you will find advice for young disabled people with a focus on preparing for employment, as well as a super useful checklist for you to download. Keep checking back, we’ll be adding new content to this zone throughout the month.

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Supporting your mental health and wellbeing

In this video the Council for Disabled Children look at ways of supporting your mental health and we…

Supporting your mental health and wellbeing

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In this video the Council for Disabled Children look at ways of supporting your mental health and wellbeing during times of transition.

It covers:

  • What mental health and wellbeing are
  • Understanding how you are feeling
  • How you can get help from other people in your life
  • What tools can help you do it


Council for Disabled Children is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers. Find out more here

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How to find a job

In this video, Aimee Mann shares her top tips about where to find a job from the Entrust Care Partne…

How to find a job

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In this video, Aimee Mann shares her top tips about where to find a job from the Entrust Care Partnership Pathway To Employment Initiative.

Pathway to Employment offers practical experiences, and provides new opportunities for young people to increase knowledge in support of their next steps into college, training, work or setting up their own business.


Entrust works across Warwickshire, meeting the needs of children, young people and adults with additional needs and disabilities. In addition to their Pathway To Employment initiative, they also provide short breaks, support, training, advice and brokerage. Find out more here.

Personal profile

Employers will want to know a bit more about you and what your strengths are. One of the ways you ca…

Personal profile

Employers will want to know a bit more about you and what your strengths are. One of the ways you can do this is in your personal profile. In this video, Aimee Mann explains what a personal profile is, why we need one and where we use it, and offers some suggestions on how to create one.


Entrust works across Warwickshire, meeting the needs of children, young people and adults with additional needs and disabilities. In addition to their Pathway To Employment initiative, they also provide short breaks, support, training, advice and brokerage. Find out more here.

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Cover letters

Aimee Mann, from Entrust Care Partnership, explains just what a cover letter is, and why you need on…

Cover letters

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Aimee Mann, from Entrust Care Partnership, explains just what a cover letter is, and why you need one.

Click here to download and print Aimee’s top tips on how to write your cover letter.


Entrust works across Warwickshire, meeting the needs of children, young people and adults with additional needs and disabilities. In addition to their Pathway To Employment initiative, they also provide short breaks, support, training, advice and brokerage. Find out more here.

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The interview

You’ve written your CV, found the ideal job, and applied; now you have an interview. So how do…

The interview

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You’ve written your CV, found the ideal job, and applied; now you have an interview. So how do you best prepare? In this video, Aimee shares her top tips for preparing for an interview, including research and personal appearance.

Click here to download and print these top tips.


Entrust works across Warwickshire, meeting the needs of children, young people and adults with additional needs and disabilities. In addition to their Pathway To Employment initiative, they also provide short breaks, support, training, advice and brokerage. Find out more here.

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What to include in your CV

Entrust Care Partnership’s Aimee Mann talks about what to include in a CV and why you would cr…

What to include in your CV

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Entrust Care Partnership’s Aimee Mann talks about what to include in a CV and why you would create one.

Click here to download and print Aimee’s top tips for writing your CV.


Entrust works across Warwickshire, meeting the needs of children, young people and adults with additional needs and disabilities. In addition to their Pathway To Employment initiative, they also provide short breaks, support, training, advice and brokerage. Find out more here.

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Transition checklist

Getting the most out of your transition to adulthood We know that your transition to adulthood can f…

Transition checklist

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Getting the most out of your transition to adulthood

We know that your transition to adulthood can feel scary, that’s why we want to support you however we can. This checklist has been designed to help you think about what you want to get out of your transition. It will ask you to answer a few simple questions, all you have to do is tick the boxes that best relate to your experiences.

To get the most out of your transition, it’s helpful to answer the questions as honestly as you can. This can help to keep track of your wishes and figure out where you may need extra support in the future. If you have any concerns, talk to a parent/carer, teacher, or support worker.

Your first task is to take a moment to pause and think about the question, what does a good transition look like for me? When you’re ready, use the space provided to write your answers. There’s also space underneath each set of questions for your notetaking. CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE TRANSITION CHECKLIST

S4I Independence App – I-Buddy

Award winning, not-for-profit enterprise, S4I Ltd are the force behind the S4I Independenc…

S4I Independence App – I-Buddy

Award winning, not-for-profit enterprise, S4I Ltd are the force behind the S4I Independence App. In a nutshell, it’s an app that allows people to be more independent and less reliant on others, promoting independence and confidence in their lives. 

Here, Craig Aitkin explains a little more about the app, its features and how it has helped the people he supports.

The independence app was designed by vulnerable adults, for vulnerable adults, to support them to gain independence. The app is a one-stop-shop that enables individuals to be independent with activities most people take for granted.

The app originated as a flash in the pan comment as the staff had an app for work for s4iltd. From this comment, we explored what they would like on an app and this grew from there. We firstly explored what would be on it, how it would look and function. Everyone wanted it to be real so no complicated ways of accessing the features. They chose the colours from our logo and we searched for a platform to build it on. By searching and watching videos we built what you see today.

Helping you feel more independent

The app helps people to feel more independent. Its different features allow the user to stop relying on others as much. It’s just basic things, catching the bus, life skills, counting change, and most importantly feeling safe where ever they go, knowing they can access a safe place at a push of a button.

Most people don’t have care every day all day. When you want to cook or meal plan use the app to access recipes with written, pictorial and audio instructions. No computer voice, it is our voices speaking over the app itself. Another classic example is when someone goes to a pub or café, they want a coffee and cake but are not sure if they have enough! With the counting change feature you can select the coins you have in your pocket and it will tell you what you have. Alternatively, you can also check the change given back to you. There are lots of other features but it’s probably best to download the app, trial it and watch the tutorials.

Those who have used the app have reported they feel happier cooking, are better with money, and more confident in accessing the community using the buses and keep safe features. They have also commented that the police feature has given them a better understanding of their rights, the laws, and how and what to report. This feature is animated and audio.

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Counting change feature
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Access recipes
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Stay safe

The app and where to get it

Additional apps or features are already underway. These will be free when you subscribe for £1.99 per year. We are also working on a sign language feature, real skills feature- teaching you real skills that you can use at home, work, or for fun including, robotics, electronics, mechanics, woodwork, and more.
We value customer feedback. There is an area to leave feedback on the app and we review this and make changes to suit all. We charge an annual subscription to enable us to keep it running and improve it. We are a not-for-profit organisation, so we don’t get funding. What started as an app for those supported by Support 4 Independence Ltd, has grown. The S4I App is available for everyone, both young and old.

Find the app by searching for IBuddy or Independence App on the app stores. You get a 7-day free trial then the subscription starts and renews automatically.

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