What we do
From our 2 bases in Milton Keynes, Walnuts Care offers a Day Service for young adults who have Autism or related difficulties. Day Services generally follow the same term-time pattern as our Educational Services but some additional care may be available in the holidays, staffed by our own experienced, skilled and knowledgeable team.
Most of our Day Service users have completed an educational programme with us and places for those who need them are prioritised to those already accessing Walnuts College.
Our emphasis is on supporting the development of Life Skills, Social Interaction and Community Access. We work hard with our young people on anxiety-management skills; this can lead to less frequent episodes of behaviour that may challenge, and young people who are happier, more relaxed and able to progress. Everything is carefully planned depending on the needs of the individuals we help.
Partial or full funding for Day Services can be accessed through the Local Authority, following a care needs assessment. Some young people make ‘Client Contributions’ towards the cost of their support. More information can be sought by contacting us or your social work team.
Activities could include the following – all of which happen regularly:
- visiting shops where financial transactions can be practiced;
- gardening and bringing fruit or vegetables back to cook;
- arts, crafts and projects;
- choosing lunch at the Supermarket, then cooking it on-site;
- learning – or just relaxing – in our bespoke Sensory Room.
We have our own vehicles and some of our learners enjoy accessing buses and trains, too. A good walk is also very popular!
Is there a need?
As we have found with those who wish to continue their Education, the choices for young adults with Autism who cannot cope in mainstream services, are limited.
The fact that some young adults have completed their 3-year accredited learning at Walnuts College and then wish to return to us under the Social Care Team, tells us that there is demand for our service.
Walnuts Care works closely with CTALD (Community Team for Adults with a Learning Disability.) This Council-run function employs a host of Health & Social Care professionals who broker placements to a variety of destinations throughout Milton Keynes.
Walnuts Care also works directly with Milton Keynes CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) as we have young adults who attend our Day Services whose primary need is Health-related. The group commissions local services and their role “is to turn taxpayers’ money into better health, fewer inequalities and to ensure the public have ready access to effective high quality services that give them a good experience.”
To provide a range of support services for local families and for those affected by social, communication and interaction difficulties.