Workshops and training for people with learning disabilities and autism

Access All Areas' facilitators have over 10 years experience providing training to charities (local and national), supported living organisations, local and statutory authorities and providersadvocacy groups and more.

Our learning disabled and autistic facilitators are 'experts by experience', bringing authentic, lived experience - as well as an AIM Awards accreditation - to all training.

All workshops use our unique and interactive "re:play" technique, which enables participants to witness a dilemma within pre-rehearsed scenes and offer suggestions and practical ways to affect change towards a more positive outcome.

This builds confidence to think through new strategies of communication and behaviour patterns that can then be directly applied to their own lives and/or work. 

A selection of our most popular training options are below but we are happy to tailor training to meet your needs. Get in touch on consultancy@accessallareastheatre.org or 0207 613 6445.

 
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Are you really OK?

Aim(s): This workshop encourages participants to explore how to recognise when they are not coping and different ways of asking for help. 

Content: Participants follow the story of a character with a learning disability struggling with barriers and challenges and have the opportunity to explore solutions to turn things around.

Target audience: Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in education, supported living, care and advocacy settings.


Key points covered in the day:

  • Recognising and communicating your emotions
  • Speaking up and asking for help
  • Knowing who to turn to in times of crisis
 
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My Life, My Time

Aim(s): This workshop explores the challenges of managing your free time when living independently. 

Content: Participants follow the story of a character who is living independently but feeling bored and isolated. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different ways of managing time, money and support, as well as practising and developing social and communication skills.

Target audience: Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism who are living independently or about to transition into independent living.

Key points covered in the day:

  • Combating boredom and isolation
  • Taking opportunities
  • Managing your time
  • Managing your support
  • Making friends
 
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The Interview

Aim(s): In this workshop, participants will develop the skills needed to take part in an interview. 

Content: Through role play and replay scenes, participants will explore and consider communication, personal appearance, support needs and self-confidence when attending meetings and interviews in a variety of contexts.

Target audience: Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in education, supported living, care, employment and advocacy settings.

Key points covered in the day:

  • Personal appearance and appropriate clothing for different contexts
  • Communication skills
  • Coping with nerves
  • Speaking up and getting your point across
  • Presenting yourself well
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Why does bad stuff always happen to me?

Aim(s): This workshop enables participants to build their resilience when facing difficult situations. 

Content: Following the story of a character with a learning disability who is feeling down and defeated, participants will consider different ways of viewing moments of disappointment or failure.  Participants will learn different techniques for staying calm and positive such as breathing exercises, looking at pros and cons, positive self-talk and asking for help.

Target audience: Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in education, supported living, care and advocacy settings.

Key points covered in the day:

  • Personal resilience
  • Recognising and communicating your emotions
  • Keeping calm
  • Self care
  • Speaking up and asking for help
  • Seeing from different perspectives
  • Knowing who to turn to in times of crisis

 

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    Taking care of me

    Aim(s): In this workshop, participants will develop understanding of personal care, hygiene and appearance.

    Content: Participants will follow the story of a person with a learning disability who is finding it hard to take care of themselves and explore the consequences of this, as well as learning the key elements of good personal care.

    Target audience: People with learning disabilities and/or autism in education, supported living, care and advocacy settings

    Key points covered in the day:

    • Personal care, hygiene and appearance
    • Managing your support
    • Speaking up and asking for help

    We also run training for people working with people with learning disabilities and autism. Click here to find out more.

    We recognise that all organisations are different so get in touch to discuss your requirements and how we can tailor training to your needs: consultancy@accessallareastheatre.org or 0207 613 6445.