Welcome to Together Matters

Together Matters is an organisation built on the belief that talking and working together helps to make better things happen in the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families. Our website suggests how we can help you in four key areas:

Planning the Future

planning the future

  •  People with learning disabilities planning their future
  • Families making plans
  • Having a plan for emergencies
  • Planning at times of change, such as leaving school & college

Checking the Quality of Support

checking the quality of support

  • What good support looks like
  • People with learning disabilities and family carers improving the quality of support

People with learning disabilities as carers

people with learning disabilities as carers

  • Recognising and supporting people with learning disabilities when they have a caring role

Growing Older

growing older

  • What good support looks like as you grow older
  • Better support when living with dementia

Together Matters works alongside people with learning disabilities, their families, practitioners, organisations that provide support, self advocacy groups and anyone else interested in the work we are doing.

Together Matters offers fresh ideas, sound knowledge, easy to use resources and skills to provide training and service development. Our aim is to challenge and complement existing support and services, making the best use of things that work and overcoming those that prevent people having a good life.

“When mum showed me the I’m Thinking Ahead thing I thought great – I started on the housing bit straight away, its brilliant I can do it on my laptop. I really want to leave home and this is helping me think about the stuff. I can see now there’s lots I need to do but I am going to do it and I am going to get my own place.”


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“Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families has been our bible for the last few years as our son, Lewis, has moved on from school and then college. We jump in and out of relevant sections: Making Decisions, Making Financial Plans, Housing and Support, Making an Emergency Plan have all been very useful.

We have recently started using ‘I’m Thinking Ahead’ which makes it easy for our son to express his likes and aspirations.

We thoroughly recommend these guides for families with SEN young adults.”

Michael Nelson