Welcome to Together Matters
Together Matters is an organisation based on the belief that talking, learning and working together help to create change in people’s lives.
We provide workshops, training and written resources to give ideas to people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters.
We aim to give people the information and tools they need to plan for a better future based on what’s important to them at different times in their lives.
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.
Newsletter: July 2022
Make the most of summer: support people to explore interests and local connections
Summer is a great time to get out and explore what is happening locally.
Our latest planning guide, ‘How to be part of the world of work’, has lots of ideas about building links in your local community.
“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.”
Could I’m Thinking Ahead help you?
“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