Able to thrive
Social and educational support for young adults
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