Support & Facilities

A team of professional staff operate an individual person centred approach, giving just the right level of support and personal care to enable each individual to engage fully in their Pathways to Adulthood Programme.

Aimed at 16-24 year olds with learning disabilities who are making the transition from school into adult lives,   this programme operates with high levels of support staff.

The standard ratio of teachers & learning support assistants to clients on the the Pathways Programme is 1:3.  However, we also provide 1:2  or  1:1  support should this be considered necessary.

Qualified teachers, learning support assistants and work place assessors progress individuals to achieve nationally recognised City & Guilds qualifications.  They are specially trained to support people with learning difficulties and have lots of experience in using different forms of communication.  Communication methods include :-

♦ Signs and Symbols, sometimes known as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)

♦ British Sign LanguageUntitled-7

♦ Computers and Electronic Tablets such as iPads

♦ Assisted Technology such as software which can convert text into sound

♦ Communication Books (a notebook where we can share information daily with parents or carers)

There are qualified nurses at Midstream .  Care support staff specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities, even those whose needs are complex.  Some may need specialist interventions such as epilepsy management and require epilepsy rescue medication.  Some may have toileting needs.  Others may be dependant upon prescribed medications,  all of which can be supported at Midstream.

All our staff engage with clients to encourage health,  well being and healthy eating and to promote inclusion & social interaction.  A team of support staff assist at lunch & break times.  They help clients make healthy eating choices,  assist if clients need help with eating & drinking and help them settle in by making new friends.

Our accommodation is modern and purpose built.  All buildings and work areas are accessible to people with disabilities.  Built on a six and a half acre site our environment is calm and peaceful with landscaped grounds,  flower beds,  picnic areas,  nature trails and a natural stream.  Our site is a safe,  pleasant place to be,  where help is always at hand.

Door to door transport can be arranged, subject to funding and availability.