Our award-winning service is focused on the delivery of day opportunity placements for those school leavers whose individual needs fall between a traditional day care placement and those who would struggle with the additional demands of an employment service provider placement or a college placement.
These school leavers individual needs benefit most from an innovative community inclusion and progression programme, that empowers them to have enriched and fulfilled lives, through being active and valued members of their local community.
Our building in Central Lisburn acts as a hub/base location for our participants to access their local community and to participate in a range of Social Enterprises.
How do Families Access the Service?
Live Life receives referrals from schools, parents, the Education Authority Transition Officers, the Department of Economy Careers Service and local Health Trusts. Participants initally attend a ‘taster day’. Following this, the young person’s social worker can make an application to the Adult Day Care Panel for placement funding. Although the service is based in Lisburn, participants attend from three Trust areas - the South Eastern Trust, Belfast Trust and Southern Trust areas.
Following referral from a feeder school or college a representative from Live Life can attend a young adults Annual Review Meeting at both 18 years old and their final Annual Review at 19 years old.
At 18 years old the parents of a potential participant will attend the Live Life for an initial tour and an overview of the services provided. If the tour is successful, the participant will then attend several taster days for assessment for suitability to the service.
At 19 years old a final decision will be made to complete to an application form and this will be presented to the Adult Day Care Panel by the Social Worker. All participants require a Social Worker in order to access the service.
To support the transition journey during the month of June, Live Life provides the new participant with a visual social story booklet.
The Live Life team will receive a handover from the School Speech and Language Therapist, if required.
The participant will then begin their new Post-19 placement in September.
Please contact us directly if you are a Parent or a Professional and would like to request an information leaflet / application form.