New adult support service launched in Nottinghamshire

22 Jun 2016
by Janet Lawless

A new adult support service has been launched in Nottinghamshire to promote independence for people living with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders or acquired brain injuries.

Brighter Futures aims to promote independence and support people, who have learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders or acquired brain injury, to maintain their homes, break down barriers and connect them to their communities, as well as improving their wellbeing.

Brighter Futures Launch

Staff from Everyone Active Lammas Leisure Centre, who have been supporting the service, attended the launch

The service, previously known as NASS, has been running for several months. Delivered in five areas of the county – Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood and South Notts (Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe)  – it can be tailor-made to each individual  depending on what needs they have and what works for them. Support can be offered on a one to one basis, in groups, at their homes or out in the community.

One service user, Karen, explained:

“Things were really scary before I got support from NASS. I wasn’t managing my home or dealing with forms, my mail or appointments. I get a lot of help from my worker to go to appointments, go through my mail and complete forms, they seem a lot less scary and I feel more in control of things. They have also helped me get into the routine of keeping my home nice. I still need a lot of support from them but things have changed so much for the better because of them.”

Staff, service users and stakeholders gathered at Mansfield Town FC last week to mark the official launch.

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