At William Morris, we develop a carefully-planned pathway for each individual learner. Developing their communication skills is our priority but we also help them learn skills to live as independently as possible. For some, this involves achieving the skills to access the ‘supported living model’ held up by local authorities as the most attractive ongoing destination for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. For others it’s about working together with them to establish a model that will give them the most opportunities to control their own living.
Everyone does independent cooking and, as part of our ‘curriculum 24’, all aspects of life at William Morris are linked to individual targets. These targets are just as relevant in the living accommodation where people interact as part of their daily routine as they are at social enterprises, work placements, resource centres, classroom, therapy sessions, workshops or Uppercourt Cafe.
Our accommodation and the steps towards safe, independent living are carefully matched to each of our young people. That could be our specialist ‘Hiram House’ complex or the attached independence apartment; our ‘Bridging the Gap’ programme in the Bridge House apartments; ‘Merton’ our independence house or Willow House, our brand new communication and sensory house.
"Whatever you have in your rooms, think first of the walls; for they are that which makes your house a home." - William Morris