Partnership project with Islington Council to develop great day support options for people with learning disabilities.

As in many places across the country, Covid has made it difficult for larger day services to stay open. Many have closed and are helping people in different ways.

It is unclear if, and when, day services will re-open and whether or not people will want to go back to them because of continuing Covid restrictions. Pre-Covid, Islington Council consulted with people with a learning disability and their families about how they would like to be supported during the day and these conversations are continuing. People sometimes find it difficult to imagine what is available in the community now, what alternatives are possible and what could be developed in the future. Community Catalysts are working with people, families and a range of stakeholders to build on the great things already in place, and are helping to develop additional options which will make the most of people’s individual assets and the assets in their community.

Community Catalysts are currently carrying out a scoping and diagnostic piece of work to support the Adult Social Care Transformation Programme in Islington. The aim is to develop a range of options that will increase activities, employment opportunities and levels of contact within the community…I have found the work of Community Catalysts to be of a very high standard, with a good level of research, analysis, and the ability to engage a broad range of stakeholders in a very positive and empowering way.

Stephen Taylor, Director of Transformation at London Borough of Islington