Becoming an adult and preparing for the future
Community inclusion and participation
Friendships, relationships and being a part of the community are really important to a young person's quality of life.
The activities, sports and things to do section of our Local Offer includes a variety of provision specifically for young people and adults with SEND, as well as mainstream activities.
You can also search for activities, clubs, groups, holiday programmes and short break facilities by:
- Clicking on our sports finder
- Visiting Brent Youth Zone
- Seeing what is going on at your local library
- Browsing our Community Directory
- Reading our Leisure and Short Breaks guide
If you receive a direct payment from us as part of your care package, you can use it to help you get involved with your local community.
Volunteering is a great way to gain skills, build up confidence, achieve goals and make new friendships.
- Leonard Cheshire Disability runs a skills development programme for 16 to 35-year-olds with a long-term health condition or disability.
- Volunteering Matters works in partnership with local organisations and businesses to help disabled people actively volunteer (via supported volunteering if necessary) and contribute to their community.
- Vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.
- National Citizen Service (NCS) helps 15 to 17-year olds build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.
- The British Red Cross (offers volunteering and other schemes for young people).
- The Prince’s Trust has many volunteering ideas.
- TimeBank recruits and trains volunteers.
Social media and staying safe
Social media is a good way to keep in touch with friends and family, especially if you go off to do different things when you leave school. But it is also important to make sure that you are safe online.
The Childline and NSPCC websites have lots of really useful information to help protect you from cyberbullying, sexting and inappropriate content.
There is also an easy read guide to staying safe on social media and online from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and information about how to protect yourself from online bullying from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
Staying safe in the community
People with a learning disability may suffer from hate crime or a type of disability hate crime called 'mate crime'. This easy read guidance booklet provides information about these crimes and how to prevent and report them.
For many of us, it can be a real problem if we do not feel safe and comfortable when we are trying to do something. This is the same when we are out into the community; we need to feel safe and supported, and this could include simple things like:
- Plan where you would like go and how you are going to get there
- Take a mobile phone if you have one, and the phone number of someone you trust
- Take some money in case you need to make a phone call from a public phone
- Take only the money you expect to need, keep some in your wallet or purse and some in your pocket
- If you have one, take a personal attack alarm
- Are your personal belongings, like your phone, wallet or purse kept in a safe place on you, like your bag or pocket
- If possible, have you told someone you trust where you are going and when you expect to be back
- If you can, go out with a friend or someone you know
The Home Office has produced a booklet about things to think about to help you stay safe, both at home and when you go out. We also work with other agencies in the borough to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
Have your say
There are plenty of opportunities to have your say in local decision - making by getting involved in our user forums, consultations and participation panels.
Brent Youth Parliament (BYP) represents over 77,000 children and young people living in the borough, including those with SEND, and encourages them to express their views and have a say on decisions that affect them.
Discount schemes and passes that young people may be eligible to apply for:
- Disabled Persons Freedom Pass can be used on London buses, London Underground and Overground and National Rail services
- A Disabled Persons Railcard offers one third off rail fares throughout Great Britain for those who are eligible.
Accessible transport options in London:
- Transport for London travel mentoring service offers advice on planning journeys with accessible routes, and help for people with mobility scooters and aids on bus services. Mentors will even come along for your first journey
- Zip Oyster lets young people aged 11 to 15 travel for free or at discounted rates.
- 18+ Student Oyster photocard if you're aged 18 or over, a student and living in a London borough, you can get discounted travel with an Oyster photocard.
- Please offer me a seat badge is a free badge and card system aimed at making journeys easier and more comfortable for people with impairments, conditions or illnesses
Driving and parking
The Blue Badge parking scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you, or your passenger, has a permanent disability that affects your ability to walk.
A Disabled persons parking space is a parking space marked on the public highway by a white painted box with a sign indicating that it is for the use of Blue Badge holders only.
The Motability Scheme can help you lease a car if your child is aged three or over and is entitled to either the:
- higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- enhanced mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Visit the Gov.UK website for more information about driving with a disability, and concessions you may be entitled to.