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Peer Support and Skills for Independence for people with a learning disability and/or autism

Provided by People First Bridgend

Location

Postal Address

Office 28 and 32, Apollo Business Village Heol Persondy Aberkenfig CF32 9RF

Facilities

  • Conference
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilet
  • Internet (wifi)
  • Parking

Accreditation

Advocacy Quality Performance Mark
Advocacy Quality Performance Mark

People First Bridgend’s (PFB) service is aimed towards people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder. The service aims to prevent the escalation of further support needs and interventions from Social Services by promoting skills for independence and peer-support and self-advocacy.

Independent Advocacy – PFB provides an independent advocate to supplement it’s statutory IPA service – they support beneficiaries who are not able to express themselves adequately in issues which could affect their well-being and independence.

Self-advocacy/Peer-support – PFB has an advisory team, which consists of beneficiaries who represent the different areas of Bridgend County. The advisory team offers educational opportunities, representation in local and regional consultations, and a chance to feed into PFB’s governance.
PFB facilitates the Bridgend Spectrum Social/Support Group (BSSG) specifically for people on the autistic spectrum. The group aims to target those facing issues around social isolation/exclusion because of their ASD. The group consists of an issue-based meeting focused on self-expression, coping skills and developing peer-support networks, and a social-based meeting held in the community, whereby beneficiaries are encouraged to use their new skills to overcome social barriers.

Education – PFB teaches preventative skills for maintaining independence throughout its activities and as standalone sessions for beneficiaries.
PFB also provides bespoke disability awareness training for professionals and the public, often encouraging beneficiary participation in the training delivery, to help people understand issues affecting people with LDs and ASD, helping to promote a new generation of optimism, positive attitudes and perceptions.

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Access Options

Drop in

Self referrral

Agency referral

By appointment only