Able to thrive

So­cial and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port for young adults

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Emunah -

LANG­DON CATERS for peo­ple who are able, but not quite able enough, to live life to the full with­out as­sis­tance. The char­ity (now cel­e­brat­ing its 21st an­niver­sary) sup­ports young adults with mild to mod­er­ate learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties. With­out the so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties that Lang­don pro­vides, many would sim­ply slip through the net as they be­come eas­ily side­lined, hav­ing lit­tle or no so­cial in­ter­ac­tion or em­ploy­ment.

Lang­don strives to de­velop in­di­vid­u­als to their high­est po­ten­tial and main­tains a cul­tural and re­li­gious bal­ance. It has grown over the last 21 years, re­spond­ing to the needs of those it helps and is now reach­ing out to more peo­ple than ever be­fore. Lang­don started in Manch­ester in 1991 as a res­i­den­tial col­lege for chil­dren com­plet­ing school who fell out­side main­stream ed­u­ca­tion, teach­ing them life skills and equip­ping stu­dents who might oth­er­wise have had no op­tions with skills to en­able them to live in­de­pen­dently, form friend­ships and se­cure em­ploy­ment.

Lang­don’s first sup­ported liv­ing com­mu­nity opened in Manch­ester with a sin­gle house. It now has thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Lon­don and Manch­ester and a third re­cently opened in Hert­ford­shire, giv­ing in­de­pen­dence and a safe en­vi­ron­ment for its peo­ple and re­as­sur­ance and con­fi­dence for their fam­i­lies that their loved ones are cared for and safe. Lang­don’s sup­ported liv­ing ser­vice em­ploys al­most 100 care staff look­ing af­ter more than 40 flats and houses across the coun­try, giv­ing those who never thought it would be pos­si­ble the abil­ity to live in­de­pen­dently, with friends or a part­ner.

The flour­ish­ing Lang­don em­ploy­ment pro­grammes pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to feel the sat­is­fac­tion of a day’s work and a salary. In 2010, Bite Size was launched, of­fer­ing short work­place-skills cour­ses such as time-keep­ing, trav­e­land­money­man­age­ment,giv­ing par­tic­i­pants the con­fi­dence and tools to gain work place­ments.

Last year saw the open­ing of Maccabi House in Lon­don, Lang­don’s flag­ship so­cial hub for those with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties run­ning so­cial events, train­ing cour­ses and youth clubs. LTEC — Lang­don’s new dy­namic Train­ing and En­ter­prise Cen­tre — also re­cently opened, at the heart of its Manch­ester-based ser­vices, of­fer­ing re­tail, ware­hous­ing and distri­bu­tion work, as well as em­ploy­ment train­ing cour­ses.

Lang­don is look­ing for­ward to a bright fu­ture and cel­e­brat­ing an­other 21 years of pro­vid­ing its much-needed ser­vices, en­abling young Jewish adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to thrive within the com­mu­nity.

Lang­don’s gar­den­ing group cel­e­brate their Level 1 qual­i­fi­ca­tion in hor­ti­cul­ture

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