At Larkstone Supported Living inDevon, we are committed to supporting our service users’ journeys to maximum independence.
An important part of this scheme is our work training programme, which is designed to build the life and employability skills of our clients.
We launched the work training scheme with a woodwork project, in which service users make a range of different items, including bird tables, planters, garden tables with mosaic tops, spice racks and dog lead holders.
We are also running a gardening project using the extensive grounds of our Ilfracombe supported living service, with each service user involved responsible for the cultivation and upkeep of their own plot.
Service users are encouraged to grow their own fruit and vegetables, learning horticultural skills, having the opportunity to try new foods and selling surplus produce.
Those service users who take part in our work training programmes not only learn useful vocational skills but are also able to gain experience and understanding of issues such as commitment, reliability and team working, which employers value.
And seeing the end result of their work also helps service users to value their own skills and abilities, building their confidence in the process.
Alongside our work training programme, we identify and facilitate opportunities for service users to take up paid and voluntary work in the community. Currently, these include working in cafes, at an old people’s home and at a local branch of Tesco.
For more information about our supported living, outreach, respite and short break services in Devon, please contact us.