A Charity helping adults with learning or physical disabilities, or poor mental health. We provide social and practical skills for independent living, and training, education and work experience to assist adults working towards open employment.
A registered charity formed 50 years ago, specifically to provide rehabilitation and training for adults with recurring mental ill health or with a learning disability.
The Charity’s aim is to provide a safe environment where people are able to build or rebuild their skills, confidence and, where possible, move into full employment.
The Charity provides a safe, empathic environment where people may learn about work in preparation for a wider role. The benefit of this is a safe, secure and friendly environment where people are able to make mistakes, but learn and grow from them, thereby gain confidence and the experience to take with them, either into the workplace or at home, living in the community.
In addition to working with the individual, we also include the person's support network in all decisions, providing the person gives us the authority; this might include parents, carers, social workers and or other government agencies. Our aim is always to deliver a person-centred approach, thereby creating a comfortable, non-judgmental environment which encourages the person to discover their own aptitude and skills. The indirect benefit of the role Ways & Means plays in the community is to raise awareness and to keep the capabilities and abilities of adults with disability to the forefront of employers' attentions.
Adults who attend our service will benefit from meaningful daytime activity in a safe, stable environment where they will benefit from socialisation with fellow trainees and work colleagues, while learning work based skills.
Referrals to attend Ways and Means can be made by anyone; individuals themselves, social teams, councils, family, or friends. In the past most of our new referrals were funded by local councils, but now Government funding has changed, more of our adults are funding their placement using their personal budgets, however the placement may also be funded by family, or sponsorships from anyone.