Independent living for adults with Autism and Learning Disabilities.

We want the voices of Autistic and Learning Disabled adults to be heard and their experiences to be understood.
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What you have told us is working well ...

Picture courtesy of New Directions Rugby.

Healthwatch Warwickshire are calling independent living providers to ask how people have been coping during the pandemic and whether they have any particular concerns about coming out of lockdown. 

We will be sharing some of the things that have been going well and finding out what could be done to make things better.

You can also leave your feedback with us (anonymously if you wish) by answering our short questionnaire: 

We have a private Facebook group only accessed by everyone we support and all of our staff. Through this we have been able to share some wonderful moments with each other that have given us great motivation over the past year. Where we have had permission given from the people we support, we have also been able to share these publicly on social media and through our website. Some we even entered into a national competition for photos reflecting on how people coped through the pandemic.
— New Directions, Rugby
The people we support are going out, like everyone else, there are mixed feelings about the reopening of retail and services with some people hardly able to wait for the reopening of hairdressers, shops, gyms and pubs whilst others have been more anxious about key dates.
— New Directions, Rugby
[With fewer trips out] a greater community spirit has been generated. The team has focused on in-house activities which in some cases have been enjoyed more. We came to realise that not everyone wanted to go out every day, and that some people are happier with the slower pace of life.
— Polesworth Group Homes
The majority of residents have family members who they are in close touch with.  The residents form a bubble with their family members and as such are able to go out together.
— Napton House

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