The Work of Midstream

Midstream offers ‘hands on’ work activity and quality assured training, in a caring, supportive environment, for young persons and adults who have special needs.  The Charity, a leading Social Enterprise, creates trading and business links at the same time as providing specialist Health & Social Care to enable individuals to take part in a ‘real live’ working environment.

Unique Support

Midstream offers alternative day care & support for those disadvantaged through learning difficulties, physical disabilities or other complex needs to allow them to make their contribution in the world of work. In addition they can access appropriate training to achieve nationally recognised work based qualifications from basic entry level progressing through to NVQ Level 2 depending upon their individual abilities.

The company was founded and awarded charity status in 1995 by a special needs teacher who was also a parent carer.  31 year old Michael with Downs Syndrome came home from a traditional day care centre one day saying “Mum, why can I not go to work like my brother Andrew?”

Following intensive market research, it became clear that many young people and adults with special needs, through no fault of their own, stand in danger of being excluded from the labour market, training and society at large. Employment opportunities are limited. Quite often, traditional day care centres, training courses and establishments are inappropriate for their complex needs.

From a six and a half acre site with state of the art, purpose built accommodation in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, Midstream offers an alternative (click here for Location Map).  Trough training and work activity it provides opportunities appropriate to the individual needs and skills of the people involved (click here to see the choice of work & training activities). Midstream allows people to progress at their own pace. Over a period of time some progress into employment.

People with very significant disabilities are offered more long term work activity or training which enables them to develop to their maximum potential and make an equal contribution to the world of work at Midstream.

Attendance patterns can be arranged around other commitments e.g. college or social activities. Individuals may choose to attend any number of days from one day up to five days per week to suit their needs.  Transport can be arranged subject to availability.

The whole focus of Midstream is to give these young people and adults the opportunity for progression and social interaction in their working life through the acquisition of skills, experience and accreditations towards nationally recognised qualifications according to their individual needs.

Quality Assured

A team of highly motivated, professionals support individuals throughout.  Qualified teachers/work place assessors progress individuals to achieve a range of nationally recognised qualifications from basic entry level through to NVQ2.   Health & Social Care needs are met by care staff who hold a mix of qualifications from NVQ through to Registered Nurse, giving just the right level of support where needed to make sure individuals can enjoy taking part in ‘real live’ work activities.

All Midstream staff hold satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Reports from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Managers, Advice & Guidance and Employment Professionals liaise with Social Workers, Health Workers, Carers, Schools, Colleges, Employers and a wide range of other organisations to enhance the quality of lives of the individuals who access Midstream’s services.


Referrals from schools, Social Workers, PCT and other Health Professionals who wish to commission places are welcomed.  Equally accepted are self referrals from individuals and carers.  Direct payments and individualised budgets are welcomed. Click here to find out more about direct payments…..

Contact Us

Click here to ‘Contact Us’ by email.

Alternatively, telephone Midstream on 01695 555316
Arrange an appointment to discuss your individual needs, view our services and arrange FREE TASTER DAYS