Training & Events


Another Way Home

Monday 30 May 2022

Another Way Home is a series of free online workshops exploring housing and accommodation opportunities for people with complex support needs (such as learning disabilities, complex needs and autism). We draw upon local and national models that are run by families and carers themselves, ways to own your own home, use personal budgets, secure enhanced housing benefit and find local providers to get the home that’s right for you.

The next online workshop brings together housing providers and initiatives to share how they are supporting a move away from residential care to community-based supported living which offers choice, control and personalisation.


  • Julie Smith, Gettalife co-director talks about how they set up Gettalife in Coventry 20 years ago with the aim of supporting people to have their own home and a team of support who know them well.
  • David Abbey, My Safe Home, shares how owning your own home is possible for a person with a long-term disability using the HOLD (Home ownership for people with long-term disabilities) scheme via Shared Ownership.
  • Millie Rowland, talks about how she became a Shared Lives carer and what care in the community looks like for her.

Book your free ticket to the 30th May online workshop on Eventbrite.

The first workshop was held on the 25th April 2022 and featured perspectives and case studies from families and carers and people with complex support needs. You can watch the previous online workshop where families shared how they had established long-term independent support and a place to live for their family members with support needs. Watch this workshop on Youtube here.

Makaton Training

Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs, and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.

The free online Makaton Training sessions include discussing commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use and how to start using Makaton in everyday situations at home or work.

The training is intended for people managing their own care and support through a Personal Budget or a family member / carer acting on their behalf. Support Workers and Personal Assistants are also eligible to attend.

Level 1 training – a practical introduction to the Makaton Language Programme

Level 1 training will be delivered over two Zoom sessions : 1:30pm – 5pm on Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th May 2022.

Level 2 training building on the knowledge from the Level 1 training

You need to have completed both Level 1 modules before attending Level 2 training. In these two sessions you will learn the signs and symbols from Stages 3 and 4, and the rest of the Additional stage, of the Core Vocabulary.
Level 2 training is made up of two modules over 2 sessions taking place via Zoom: 9:30am – 1pm on Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th May 2022.

Study materials

You will receive a Participant’s Manual, which includes the Makaton symbols and signs that you learn in the workshop. You will also be given a certificate of attendance.  Please remember to keep your Level 1 & 2 training certificates in case you want to attend further Makaton training.

To register to attend the Makaton training sessions please email [email protected]

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