At Mencap, we work in partnership with the Health Trusts in Northern Ireland, with RQIA, Supporting People, Golden Lane Housing, and our local Housing Associations.
We also work closely with Education Education is when you learn things. When you fill in a form to get a job, education means you write where you went to school, college or university. and Training providers, community A community is the people and places in an area. groups and other voluntary sector agencies.
Our range of specialised services are available across Northern Ireland.
Our services are designed to meet the specific needs of individual service users. This could be one-to-one support for a few hours in their own home, up to 24 hour support in specially adapted accommodation.
We pride ourselves on having a person-centred approach to the support we give, which means putting the person's needs first.
We encourage the people we work with to have input and be involved in every aspect of their support. We value their input and opinion.
We promote their right to have a fulfilled life within a safe and secure environment, by promoting independence Independence means doing things on your own. Making your own choices. and having personalised support packages for each person.
We encourage personal development and support the people we work with to access services and activities within their local communities.
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Mencap’s Personal Support service currently supports almost 80 people in NI to live independently in a mix of individual or shared flats and houses.
Omagh Supported Living Service
Omagh Supported Living Supported living is when you live in your own home with support from staff. People who live in supported living have a tenancy agreement. Service provides domiciliary care and support to people with a learning disability in their own homes in the Omagh area. It opened as a residential home in 1990 and then in 2013 became a supported living Supported living is when you live in your own home with support from staff. People who live in supported living have a tenancy agreement. service.
Our first service was located on the Dublin Road and has since expanded in partnership with Golden Lane Housing with a number of properties in the Omagh area.
Omagh Supported Living service provides a full life model of support to tenants. This means that staff will help people find a wide range of activities that they would like to do in their local community as alternative to the traditional model of day care. Our staff will work with people to ensure they can access the activities they want at a time they choose.
Banbridge Supported Living Service
Banbridge Supported Living Service has provided supported housing services since 2003 in partnership with Radius Housing. The service currently supports 17 people with a learning disability at our Riversley service in Banbridge. Support is provided to access day time opportunities in their local community.
The team work closely with the college, Gateway, other local clubs and agencies to enable the people we support to access a wide range of activities and be a part of their community.
Bangor Supported Living Service
Bangor Supported Living Service, started off at Princetown Road in Bangor which was initially established as a residential home in 1986. In 2008 the site was redeveloped in partnership with Choice Housing to provide accommodation for 15 people in one, two and three bedroom apartments in a supported housing environment. The service has now developed to other properties within the Bangor area with others in development.
The team at the service provide support to the tenants to help them look after themselves and their apartment, socialise, go to work, access day opportunities and be part of their community.
Keady Supported Living Service
Keady Supported Living Service was initially established in 1993 as a residential care home A care home is a place where people who need support live. There are staff there all the time. . It has been working in its current form as a supported housing scheme since 2003 and is now provided in partnership with Golden Lane Housing.
It supports six people in their own home to access community services and activities. The dedicated team support the service users with developing independent living skills in a homely environment.
Derry/Londonderry Supported Living Service
Derry/Londonderry Supported Living Service first opened in 2017 operating across a number of areas with more in development for the future.
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Mencap believes that people with a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. can attain equality Equality is when everyone is treated fairly. in society by being empowered to have choice and control over their own lives.
Read our Mencap NI briefing paper PDF on Independent social care and housing solutions for people with a learning disability.
About Golden Lane Housing
Golden Lane Housing is an independent, registered charity and social housing provider, established by Mencap, almost 20 years ago.
It's one of the UK’s largest supported housing landlord for people with a learning disability.