The Amicus Community teaches the children and young people skills to ensure that transitions are planned for and work closely with the local authority concerned. Children are supported in becoming increasingly responsible for their own decisions, actions and role within the community. There are established and familiar ways for all members of Amicus to discuss their views and opinions when decisions need to be made.
Children receive pocket money are encouraged to save up for things that they want. All children are also given a savings account in which they can save their pocket money and experience saving in a more formal manner. The children take part in shopping trips and the purchase of food items which helps them gain an awareness of budgeting and makes a long term contribution to economic well-being.
Learning opportunities are created throughout the day and a wide range of resources for learning is available for both formal and informal learning. The location of the home near the seaside in a small town offers children activities and facilities to join clubs and follow hobbies, supporting integration into the community.
Amicus offers a small family type living experience, tastefully decorated in a child-friendly manner, including a lounge, playroom area and a creative arts room. We offer a wide range and eclectic mix of facilities for play, recreational and creative activities. There is a well-kept garden for the children to play in. Overall providing an environment that is both comfortable and homely to live in.
As the young people progress they may move into the community’s adolescent home, which creates a supported planned transition to recognise their growth and will operate with individualised, but higher levels of expectation for taking up responsibilities in the wider community as appropriate. Young people beginning to follow Pathway Plans through to young adulthood can be offered independent living programmes tailored to their specific needs and focussed on work towards achieving economic well-being.
With regards to education the children are given the skills they need in preparation for the growing independence and working life. This includes opportunities for work experience and interactions with mainstream schools of at least one lesson a week where the young people can integrate with other children in a mainstream environment. The school assists in preparing the young people to achieve qualification within their attainment level, such a ASDAN, N.V.Q based qualification or G.C.S.E’s.