Getting a Life 18+; Powers of Attorney & Why this Matters 

This is an occasional series of parent workshops. It has included information on setting up housing, finding work and setting up powers of attorney to support young people as they reach adulthood and legal independence at 18.

Young adults with communication and sensory needs can be highly capable, and very mis-understood. Communicating with officials from education to employers, housing to health may be complicated by people just not realising how disabling these difficulties really are.  


Legal independence at 18 can also mean that officials, aiming to respect independent decision making, refuse to involve parents who have been key in young people's lives. This can be troubling for all concerned.


Setting up Powers of Attorney can provide the pathway for chosen people to support young adults with communication needs in their decision making around education, finance, health and welfare. This is particularly important now that support towards independence is available from 19 to 25 if a young person is granted an Education, Health and Care Plan. 


In 2015 Action-attainment worked with Sinclairslaw to provide information for families interested in Powers of Attorney. Other parent workshops to support transition to adulthood have included Golden Lane Housing describing how to set up independent living and a multi-disciplinary team from Richmond and Kingston describing services to support young adults into work.



Powers of Attorney - Workshop Flier
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Getting a Life - Spring 2015 workshop programme

Setting up Supported Living: was held on 10th March 2015. The third event in the Getting A Life series for parents of young people with communication needs. The workshop with Golden Lane Housing and Karl Burgess, Transition Manager for LB Richmond,  identified how young people can use their personal budgets, share costs for supported living, and group together to live in accommodation in places of their choice.

Into Employment: was held on 3rd February 2015. A specialist pannel of experts discussed how to support young people into work.  Pannelists included representatives from  Job Centre Plus, Remploy, Balance, the RIchmond service, Stepping Stones (for those aged 14+) and Project Search (for young people aged up to 25).
Legal changes and 19+ education was held on 20th January.  This workshop was led by Sinclairs Law's Adam Friel and included information from the eminent barrister John Friel.  The event covered information relating to the major change to 19+ education and the new Education Health and Care Plans which replace Statements of Special Educational Need.
All of the workshops were run at the Disability Advice Centre, 4 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8HT from 7-9pm.
The events were part sponsored by -thebridge- legacy fund.

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