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How to use this CD. Click on a button to move to another place on the CD. Click on this sort of arrow to go back one page. Click on this sort of arrow to go to the next page. Put the mouse arrow over the pictures to hear sound. Click on a x to get out of the CD. About this CD.

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    1. How to use this CD Click on a button to move to another place on the CD Click on this sort of arrow to go back one page Click on this sort of arrow to go to the next page Put the mouse arrow over the pictures to hear sound Click on a x to get out of the CD

    2. About this CD • This CD has information about things you might want to do in your life like • getting a house • getting a job • getting out and about • being healthy • and lots of other things. This CD tells you who you can contact to find out more.

    3. Harborough Action Team This CD is by The Mapping Group who were part of The Harborough Action Team Paid for by Harborough District Council and Harborough Action Team Easy words and design by Clear Thanks to Leicestershire Learning Disabilities Partnership Board Thank you to CHANGE for the line drawings.

    4. This is the Homepage A place to live Work and volunteering Learning Things to do Health Getting about More info Money

    5. A place to live With family With a carer With other people Useful websites On your own

    6. Living with your family You might live with your family. You might have lived with your family since you were very young. You can choose to stay with your family if everyone is happy for this to happen. It is ok to choose to live with your family.

    7. Living with a carer You can choose to live with a carer in the carer’s own home. The carer will not be part of your family. To live with a carer you need to have an assessment from Adult Social Care to find out if it is right for you. An assessment is a list of questions someone will ask to see if you are allowed to get something.

    8. Living with a carer To find out more about living with a carer you should contact The Adult Placement Service Leicestershire County Council Social Services 8 Garden Street Thurmaston LE4 8DS 0116 260 4660 adultplacements@leics.gov.uk

    9. Living on your own Renting Buying Getting support

    10. Renting your own home You might want to rent a house or a flat. If you rent a house or flat you do not own it. You pay money each month to the person or company that owns the house or flat. Here are some of the places you can find a house or flat to rent. Click on the button to find out more. Private landlord Property shop Service shop Council or housing association

    11. Council or Housing Association You can rent a house or flat from the council or from a housing association. Lots of people rent a home this way. You need to put your name on a list. Then the council has to find the right house for you. If you want to live on your own you would need a home with 1 bedroom. You cannot get a house with 3 bedrooms. It would be too big. A family with more people would need a bigger house like that. You might have to wait a long time for the right house.

    12. Council or Housing Association To find out more about renting a house or flat from the council you can contact Harborough District Council Council Offices Adam and Eve Street Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7AG 01858 828 282

    13. East Midlands Housing Association The East Midlands Housing Association sometimes has houses for people with learning disabilities. For more information go to the website www.emha.org/EMHA/LookingForANewHome/ SupportedHousing/

    14. Property Shop After you put your name on the list with the Council or Housing Association you can go to the Property Shop. You can look at the houses and flats you could rent. The Market Harborough Property shop is open Monday 12.00 to 5.00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 to 5.00 12.00 to 5.00 9.00 to 5.00

    15. Property Shop Home Search Property Shop 23 Adam and Eve Street Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7LT 01858 438999 www.harboroughhomes.org.uk

    16. Service shop If you live near or in Lutterworth you can go to the Lutterworth Service Shop. You can get information about • finding a place to live • housing benefit • and lots of other things. Lutterworth Service Shop 19-21 Market Street Lutterworth Leicestershire LE17 4EL 01455 550 500

    17. Private landlord You can choose to rent from a private landlord. Private landlords are people who own their own houses or flats and rent them out for other people to live in. They advertise their houses or flats in local newspapers or in estate agents offices. You may need help to rent from a private landlords. There is a lot of important paperwork to do. You could get help from your • family • friends • social worker.

    18. Buying your own home If you want to buy a house you might need to borrow money. You can borrow money from • your family or friends • a building society If you borrow money from a building society this is called a mortgage. You might be able to get a mortgage from the Department for Work and Pensions too. Click here to find out more.

    19. Buying your own home You might be able to get a mortgage and buy a house through the Department for Work and Pensions. This is called Income Support Mortgage Interest (ISMI). You can find out more on the Housing Options website. Click on the button to go to the website. www.housingoptions.org.uk

    20. Getting support to live on your own You might want to live in your own home but with a bit of help. You could have someone come in to help with things like • cooking and cleaning • paying bills You can have someone come in every day or every week. You can choose how much help you need. Click here to find out what you should think about before you live on your own.

    21. Getting support to live on your own You should talk to someone you trust about getting support to live on your own. Here are some of the things you could think about • What kind of place would you like to live in? • Where would it be? • Do you want to live alone or with someone else? • How will you pay your rent and your bills • How will you do the cooking and cleaning? Click here to find out where to get more information.

    22. More support to live on your own Click on the button to get more information about people who can help. Police Social worker Neighbourhood watch Mosaic If you get direct payments you could employ your own support workers. Click here to go to the money part of this CD to find out about direct payments.

    23. Mosaic You can talk to MOSAIC for help and advice. They can help you think about living independently and support you to make the right decisions for yourself. You can visit them or write to them Mosaic – Shaping Disabilities Services 2 Richard III Road Leicester LE3 5QT Or you can call them on 0116 251 5565

    24. Social worker You can talk to a social worker about what sort of support you might need. They can give you an assessment to find out about the things you need. Social workers might know about other people who would like to live independently and who might like to share with you. You can contact a social worker at Social Services office Brooklands 34 Northampton Road Market Harborough Leicester LE16 9HE 01858 465 331

    25. Neighbourhood watch There are neighbourhood watch groups in and near Market Harborough. These are groups of people who volunteer to support the local police. This can help to keep you safe. You can visit their website www.marketharboroughonline.co.uk Click on the word Community. Another way to feel safe is to get a lifeline telephone to use in emergencies. To find out more you can call Harborough District Council 01858 828 282

    26. Police The police can give you advice about being safe from crime. To get more information you should contact your local police station. 0116 222 2222 There is also a Keep Safe Card that can help you stay safe when you are out in the community. If you would like a Keep Safe Card you can call the Valuing People Team 0116 305 7992

    27. Living in a shared home If you live in a shared home you will live in a different house to your family. You will live with other people. • You will have a bedroom of your own. • You will share other rooms like the kitchen and the living room. Usually there are people who work with everyone in the shared home. These people help with things like • cooking and cleaning • helping you to choose what you want to do • helping you to get around • lots of other things. Click here to find out more about living in a shared home.

    28. Living in a Shared Home Different shared homes can give you different support. You should choose a place that will give you the support you need. Lots of people want to live in a shared home and it can be difficult to find somewhere to live. Click on a button for more information. Commission for social care inspection CARE Shangton Social services

    29. Social services Social services have a useful website. The section about adult social care has information about housing. You can ask for a list of shared homes in your area. www.leics.gov.uk/social_services.htm Or you can call them 0116 2323232

    30. Commission for social care inspection The Commission for social care inspection can give you information about housing. The website has reports that tell you how good all the shared houses are. You can get a list of all the shared homes in the Harborough district too. www.csci.org.uk Or you can call them on 0845 015 0120 or 0191 233 3323 Or textphone them on 0845 015 2255 or 0191 233 3588

    31. CARE Shangton CARE Shangton is the biggest shared home for people with learning disabilities in Harborough district. It is close to the village called Shangton. Shangton is 4 miles away from Market Harborough. 51 people live at CARE Shangton. There are five houses supported by staff. CARE Shangton has a coffee bar and a small shop. There is a sign at the main entrance that tells you when the shop and coffee bar is open. You can call them on 01858 545 401 or 01858 545 402 CARE also have shared houses in Market Harborough and Kibworth.

    32. Useful Websites A place to live www.betterlives.org.uk www.emha.org/activities/supported_housing.html www.valuingpeople.gov.uk/Housing.htm www.leics.gov.uk/social_services/learning _disability.htm www.emcare.org.uk

    33. Work and volunteering People who can help Getting into work CD Applying for a job Finding the right job Working for yourself Going for an interview Useful websites Work and benefits

    34. Getting into work CD • Leicestershire county council has made a CD about getting into work. • It has information about • working hours • benefits • help you can get to start work. • You can ask for a copy of the CD from Breaking The Barriers. • Call 01509 410600 • Email btb@leics.gov.uk

    35. Finding the right job Where you can look for the job you want. Local newspapers Look at the job vacancies section. Shop windows and notice boards Sometimes people advertise part time jobs. The internet Look at local charities who need volunteers. People you know Like your family, friends or key worker. Jobcentre plus Click on the button to find out more.

    36. Things to think about • Do you want to do paid work or voluntary unpaid work? • Do you want to do full time or part time work? • If you start work will it change how much money you get in benefits? Will you get more money or less money? • Do you need to do any training before you start work? • What kind of job do you want? You should talk to someone you trust about these questions.

    37. Job centre plus 8 Coventry Road Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 9BZ 01858 473 900 You can look at job adverts at the job centre plus. You can also talk to a disability employment advisor. Click on the button to find out more about disability employment advisors.

    38. Disability employment advisors Disability employment advisers can help you find a job that is right for you. They can help you try out different jobs. They can also find out what help you need to do the job. Go to the job centre plus to talk to a disability employment advisor.

    39. People who can help Breaking the Barriers CARE Roman Way Centre Connexions Other people and places

    40. Breaking the barriers The breaking the barriers team is part of Leicestershire county council. An employment development officer from breaking the barriers can help you to find and keep a job. They know a lot about different jobs you could do. They can help you to learn new skills for your job. A job coach can help you to use transport like a bus or train to get to work.

    41. Breaking the barriers Breaking The Barriers Team Social Services Unit D, The Point Granite Way Mountsorrel LE12 7TZ 01509 410600

    42. CARE Employment Services • CARE employment advisors can help you find • paid work • voluntary work. • CARE will help you get the skills you need to get and keep a job. • You do need to live at CARE or use CARE day services to use the employment service • CARE • Melton Road • Shangton • Leicestershire • LE8 0PS • 01858 545401

    43. Roman Way Centre If you use your day service to do voluntary work and work experience the Roman Way centre can help. Roman Way Centre Roman Way Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7PO 01858 433 221

    44. Connexions If you are under 25 a connexions adviser can give you information and advice about starting work. Market Harborough Connexions Centre 2 St Mary’s Road Market Harborough Leicestershire 01858 462 309 marketharborough@connexions-leics.org

    45. Other people and places • If you want to start work you can get help from someone you trust. This could be • your family • your friends • your key worker • your carer • a social worker • someone who works at your college or school • someone who works at your day centre. You can get more information about finding and keeping a job in the Getting into work CD. Click here to find out more.

    46. Getting into work CD • Leicestershire county council has made a CD about getting into work. • It has information about • working hours • benefits • help you can get to start work. • You can ask for a copy of the CD from Breaking the Barriers. • Call 01509 410600 • Email btb@leics.gov.uk

    47. Applying for a job To ask for a job you might need to fill out an application form. An application form has questions about you and why you would be good at the job. You can get help to fill out the application form. You should fill out the application form neatly. You should send it off in time. There is usually a closing date for job applications. This means that if you apply after that date it is too late.

    48. Going for an interview • After you send off your application form you might get an interview. • This is when you meet someone to talk about why you should get the job. • You can take someone with you to support you at the interview. • You have to answer questions about • your hobbies • your work experience • why you would be good at the job • and other things. • You can ask questions too.

    49. After the interview Sometimes you will find out at the interview if you have got the job. Usually you will get a letter after the interview. The letter will say whether you have got the job or not. If you have not got a letter after about 2 weeks you can call the company. You can ask when they will tell you if you got the job. Be polite because they might not have decided yet.

    50. Work and benefits Part time work is paid work that you do for less than 16 hours each week. Full time work is paid work that you do for more than 16 hours each week. Voluntary work is when you go out to work but you do not get paid. The amount of money you get in benefits might change if you start work. The Getting into work CD has lots of information about working and benefits. Click here to find out more.