Dear Students, families & carers, Given the current situation, we have taken the di... Read more
24th March 2020
FiND was initially established by a group of parents who could not find local services which met their needs and the needs of their sons or daughters. The charity was registered with the Charities Commission on the 23rd November 2001 and initially operated as a single service. This was a holiday scheme which offered fun activities, whilst the schools and colleges were closed, for young people aged 14+ with severe and profound learning disabilities. This service later became known as FiND1 and now forms part of our Taster Day / Transition scheme.
As the young people grew older and left school, they required day services. This saw, in May 2010, the opening of our Beverley based FiND2 service, providing opportunities for approximately --- students each day. Following person centred approaches, FiND2 is specifically designed to offer tailored experiences and opportunities through the use of personal budgets and direct payments. A staff matching programme ensures that each person attending a FiND service is paired with a Keyworker responsive to their needs and circumstance. The service is for individuals with learning disabilities and complex needs and provides a friendly, stimulating environment to work towards personal goals, experience a range of opportunities and to achieve optimum independence.
It is with great excitement that FiND purchased its first premises in 2019 which will see the FiND2 service re-locate to the nearby village of Cottingham. With the support of a number of charitable trusts, foundations and local businesses, the building has been built to offer some fantastic facilities and equipment.
FiND3, at Miriam House in Hessle, was developed and opened in the September of 2011. This service which supports --- students, was opened in response to need being expressed by parents. The service has been developed to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Condition. Funding for this service comes from personal budgets and direct payments. Like FiND2, the service offers person centred experiences and opportunities for individuals who benefit from a more structured daily schedule and having consistent routines or patterns to their day.
FiND proudly opened its first social club, FiNDers, at our FiND3 location in 2012. The social club operates on a Wednesday evening and offers individuals a safe and enjoyable place to meet, have fun and develop meaningful relationships with others. Although there is a small charge to access the club, the bulk of the funding is achieved through fundraising activities.