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Drive to increase bespoke providers of care for people with learning disabilities and autism

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism who have complex support needs and are/risk being placed away from their families and communities?

Could you be a provider of support for people with a learning disability or autism who have complex support needs in Birmingham and Solihull? If so, then help is on offer to set up a “small support”.

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, along with our partner the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), are running a series of drop-in sessions for people to find out more.

Martin Fahy, Director of Nursing and Quality at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Our ambition locally is to increase the number of small community focussed providers of support for people with learning disabilities and autism who have complex support needs, and would otherwise be placed or at risk of being placed away from their families, friends and the communities they have grown up in; so that with bespoke support provided in their own homes, people can live independently and have a great life in the community.

“Small supports are essentially small, community-focused organisations which offer intensive support which is bespoke to each individual and centred around their needs. This helps the person with a learning disability or autism to have support shaped around them and their life in the community, which could include work, volunteering, having friends and contributing to their community as citizens.

“We are really keen to increase the choice of providers for this type of care, and to support people to set up and run their own small support organisation. We will be holding a number of drop-in sessions, so that people can find out more and ask any questions they may have.”

Drop-in sessions:

Further information on small supports is available here or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details and a member of the team will arrange to contact you for an informal chat.

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