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Thinking Ahead: resources to help families plan for the future | Community Directory

Thinking Ahead: resources to help families plan for the future

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Thinking Ahead is an approach to supporting families to talk about and plan for the future, including planning for leaving school and college and thinking about adult life.

There are two planning guides to give families information they may need and ideas to encourage conversations.

Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families is a planning guide for parents, or other relatives, who would like information to help them talk and think about the future. It has nine sections that cover:

  • making decisions
  • making plans for the future in a person-centred way
  • building friendships and support networks
  • talking about difficult subjects
  • making financial plans
  • housing and support
  • making a plan for emergencies
  • keeping an eye on things
  • making a plan for the future

Each section can be used independently or the guide can be used as a whole.

The other guide is called I’m Thinking Ahead and uses easy words, drawings and Photosymbols to make information easier for people with learning disabilities to understand and use. It can also give their families, friends and supporters ideas about how to include young people in conversations about the future.

This guide has three sections:

  • how to make choices
  • how to plan
  • how to get the right housing and support

Both guides are available in the format of a rewriteable pdf which means you can download it, write your thoughts and ideas in boxes and templates and save it for future use and updating. In this way it can be used over a number of years without having to start again. There are also available as a pdf for reading on-line or printing.

Who to contact

07931 727 367

Where to go

Area served
All Suffolk

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

The guides have been written for people with learning disabilities and their families and are useful for 16-25 year olds as they make plans for adult life.

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