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About the Organisation
SWALLOW (South Wansdyke Learning and Living Our Way) is a registered charity based in Midsomer Norton, Somerset supporting people with learning disabilities. We provide help and support to our members from all over Somerset.
Our aim is to promote independence and equality for people with learning disabilities in a user involved supported environment. We want to support our members to gain the skills and experiences they need to be able to live the lives that they choose. We work in the following ways:
SWALLOW supports tenants living in purpose built property in Midsomer Norton. We provide tailored one to one support. SWALLOW also provides floating support, when required, to people living in the local community. We are looking to develop further supported housing opportunities in the future.
Education and Training
SWALLOW runs a series of courses to develop independent life skills and creativity allowing each person to fulfil their full potential. The courses that we run include art therapy, poetry and video, healthy fun and fitness and music workshops.
This is our training house in Midsomer Norton, here in a warm and welcoming environment people with learning disabilities can stay overnight and experience for themselves what it is like to live away from home. This break from the families or carers also gives our members respite and can avoid crisis situations developing. The Base House also works closely with local schools such as Fosse Way School and Three Ways School, for further information please contact us.
Our information centre based at the Swallow Office, is open every Wednesday 10am – 12noon. A member of staff is on hand to provide support for members, their parents and carers access to information from the internet and from written publications. We are also happy arrange other sessions by appointment. Please call Gill for further information please contact us.
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How do people access your service?
By becoming a member of SWALLOW for just £12 a year you get: regular Newsletter, first refusal on all SWALLOW activities, the SWALLOW Fun Club, reduced prices at some SWALLOW events, have your say on the management committee or at interest or discussion groups, free transport and refreshments, subsidised courses and activities - art, healthy fun and fitness, poetry and music, work skills, SWALLOW’s Annual Evaluation Day, supported employment opportunities, nights away from home learning new skills at Base House and information about what other help is available.
Type Of Service
Age of Users
Who can use your service?
People with learning disabilities.
Additional and Special Educational Needs
Physical Environment Accessibility
Is there accessible parking on site?
Is there a pedestrian route?
Is it smooth and with dropped kerbs?
Are doors 900mm or more wide, with flat thresholds?
Do you have external ramps?
Do you have a lobby / porch area?
Can wheelchair users clear the outer door prior to opening the inner?
Are there interior automatic doors?
Are there wide unobstructed corridors (minimum 1200mm)?
Do you have a lift for wheelchair users?
Do you have internal ramps?
Do you have internal steps?
Do you have a visual / flashing fire alarm?
Do you have accessible toilets?
Do you have an accessible changing room with a changing bed and a hoist?
Do you have an induction loop and / or radio mikes?
Do you have a quiet room or a quiet area?
Do you have an outdoors play area?
Is this safe and enclosed?
Are the outdoor areas well lit (for evening activities)?
Do you have a soft play area?
Do you have a sensory room or area?
Preparing for Adulthood
Preparing for Adulthood Categories
Preparing for Adulthood - Independence and Housing
Preparing for Adulthood - Friendships, Relationships and Community
Training & Policies
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Child Protection (Safeguarding)
Administration of medicines
British Sign Language
Enabling verbal and non verbal communication
Does your organisation have policies and procedures for:
Child Protection (Safeguarding)
Registration for sessions
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