Brightside offer high quality, innovative services that provide a truly person centred approach to care and support for those with moderate to severe additional needs in Northumberland.
Our unique approach to day services, exclusively for 18-35 year olds has allowed us to expand to support an increasing number of group members who wish to socialise and learn with peers of a similar age.
We have drawn upon the most recent evidence base, along side our own personal and professional experiences of working with mental health and additional needs to deliver an outstanding, person centred service in Northumberland.
The provision is fully accessible to those who require visual signs and Makaton, as all of our staff are trained to an advanced level in Makaton and PECS and use this throughout each session.
We believe many people with additional needs feel more secure and reassured with structure and predictability and as such we seek our groups’ suggestions to plan fun, educational programmes of activity that capitalise on every opportunity to practice and develop new skills. These programmes are then sent home to promote conversation and allow the members to prepare for the predictable session that week.
Rotational work experience opportunities are offered along side skill development sessions and include work in an equestrian centre, cattery and kennels, sensory garden, food bank and community shop. We believe that education should be ongoing throughout all life stages and so ensure all of our activities have an educational focus. This could be developing money identification and management skills, independent life skills, risk awareness, travel training or social skills. We also offer interesting excursions including trips to the trampoline park, cinema, farm, museums to name a few!
Our Saturday group offers an excellent opportunity to commence the transition from a formal education environment to adult social care services at an early stage, by joining this group for 3 hours each Saturday, several months prior to leaving college or school. Change is particularly challenging for those with additional needs, and this allows group members to familiarise themselves with the new environment, our staff, routines and expectations.