Teens + Service
Introducing TEENS + An educational service supporting young adults with learning disabilities and / or autism in East Lothian.
Thanks to the support of East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership’s Community Living Fund and Carers Strategy monies, East Lothian has a dedicated educational day service, designed for young adults with learning disabilities and or autism.
The ‘Teens +’ programme, which is organised and run by charity organisation Capella, has been brought to East Lothian to further support the Community Transformation Programme for Adults with Complex Needs.
Based at Eskmills Business Park in Musselburgh, and open 5 days a week, the Teens + service provides a range of education and therapeutic disciplines to support students aged 17+ and their families to learn new skills and approaches, preparing them for the future. The centre provides further education, and life and social skills, in a safe and supportive environment, with a focus on enabling each student to reach their full potential. Achieved through individualised support plans in partnership with families, speech-language therapy, assistive technology, and occupational therapy to ensure that each student is engaged and thriving.
As well as working within the base at Eskmills, students also enjoy getting out into the local community to create opportunities for learning and development in a range of settings.
the most important aspect is the highly individualised support ...
using his likes and interests to motivate his learning and development, alongside the great mix of educational and life skills learning.
Linzi Christiansen, mother of Teens+ student Haakon, said: “For Haakon and myself the most important aspect is the highly individualised support, using Haakon’s likes and interests to motivate his learning and development, alongside the great mix of educational and life skills learning. The move to the new Musselburgh centre also means he can make use of opportunities and facilities in his local area.”
Simon Pearce-Madge, Head of Teens+, said: “This wonderful centre has the capacity to work with up to 25 students and their families over the next three years, providing them with tailored learning, and life and social skills as they prepare for the next steps in life; because we believe that everyone has the right to further education, regardless of need. We have seen our students grow from strength to strength and now have people accessing work placements and working towards the part they want to play in their wider community.”
Contact Teens +
Families interested in learning more about joining Teens+ can contact Teens+ directly by emailing email@example.com or calling 0131 4684239.
TEENS + stands for Transitional Education Extra Needs Support.
Teens+ is a charitable service of Capella.