Trainees must be eighteen or over when they move into their accommodation;
They must be prepared to undertake an initial assessment period of one day at Seabrooke House followed by a further two-week residential assessment;
Once assessment is complete, a place will only be offered if it agreed that the trainee would be able to undergo and benefit from the training offered.
Due to the unique needs of each trainee, training plans will be developed on an individual basis to meet their specific needs. Maximum opportunities to practice common routines and tasks will be utilised but also the introduction of new experiences will be used to widen their choices and provide new interests and the development of other opportunities.
The highest standards of training and support coupled with the opportunity to practice and make choices and decisions will be used to enable each trainee to reach their maximum potential for independent living. This will involve the trainees taking risks however, these are a necessary part of developing independence and they will be closely monitored.
Each potential trainee is assessed before being offered a place. During this period, a personal training and development plan will be produced and progress will be reviewed regularly with each trainee. KASBAH believes that to achieve our aims and empower people to live independently they must be involved and take a leading role in the planning and evaluation of their development.
The process of teaching such skills takes time, patience and understanding, skills need to be reinforced on a daily basis and to accomplish this, trainees will be supported until they become wholly responsible for their own washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning, shopping and budgeting, etc. Initially there will be almost one to one support for these tasks, depending on individual needs. As the trainee's confidence, ability and independence develop, the support will gradually be withdrawn.
Training in life skills will also include how to use time effectively, exploring the community and using available leisure and other community facilities, how to access and use educational, training and hobby facilities and any other area of interest. The project will also investigate opportunities for work experience, employment and the possibility of work placements on a voluntary or paid basis.
Personal development, such as sex education, sexuality and relationship issues are also areas that receive training, advice and support and where necessary subject experts will be consulted or used to provide individual help.
The project utilises the views and opinions of trainees, their families, and professionals to ensure trainees achieve independence, confidence and self-esteem. The trainee’s also investigate additional opportunities to enhance and improve their circumstances using external support services and other people with Spina Bifida and / or hydrocephalus as part of an inclusive package of support.
A referral will be considered from any individual or agency; the Manager will make the final selection of those who will be offered an assessment place.