The Referral Process

New Horizons Partnership Ltd. is funded by the Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT) in Counties Tyrone and Derry/L’Derry to deliver services to adults living with Learning disability.

New Horizons Partnership

New Horizons Partnership Ltd

To avail of our service, young people must be:

> 18 years or older

> Have a primary diagnosis of a mild/moderate learning disability / on the autism spectrum

> Interested in a Day Opportunities service which will develop and progress the individual’s strengths and abilities

> In the care / caseload of a Western Health & Social Care Trust Adult Learning Disability Social Work Team

New Referrals

Our new referrals are introduced to New Horizons Partnership Ltd. by their social worker (Tyrone/Derry/L’Derry) and an initial interview is carried out to assess the suitability of the service for the individual and to ascertain hopes and future plans.

There may be several meetings in this introductory phase to include visits to our sites by the young person and their families to view firsthand the services provided.

Taster Sessions

New Horizons Partnership Ltd then offers ‘taster sessions’ during which the referred students can come on a day per week basis for a period (generally 6 – 10 weeks); to interact with our staff and trainees already in – service, experiencing what the organisation has on offer – to assist in the decision-making process.

Once it has been confirmed by the trainee, their family and the organisation that the service is a good ‘fit’; the WHSCT social worker (Tyrone/Derry/L’Derry), will apply on the family’s behalf for funding to enable the trainee to attend on a full time (5days per week) or on a part time basis. We offer a menu of services which the client can choose from and have a holistic ‘package’ of options which can be sampled at ‘taster’ stage.

Person Centred Plan

Based on the individual’s PCP (Person Centred Plan) which will be drawn up by the individual during his/her first weeks in service (and reviewed/updated continually); a programme of training and Community opportunities will be devised.

> Work with our Client Services Coordinator

> Work with our Client & Service Support Worker

> They will act as the link staff  between our new referrals and the rest of the staff Team

> Regular review meetings, to which all individuals involved in the young adult’s life are invited

> These are held in order to ensure that the hopes and aspirations are being met

> Make sure that the young person is making the required progress towards achievement of holistic personal and family goals.

For more information on the Referral Process, please contact Mrs Patricia Convey – Training & Community Services Manager.