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Pursuing Independent Paths - older people's service

Service/Activity is free

At our SW1 centre, Pursuing Independent Paths supports older adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. Pursuing Independent Paths ethos is to promote better choice and control and independent living through person-centred planning and accredited training opportunities.

Pursuing Independent Paths SW1 Enabling access to the local community offer:

  • Social networks
  • Creative self-expression
  • Developing confidence
  • Health and well-being; and
  • Drop-in support focusing on advice about education, council support, etc.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Adam Pearson
Contact Position
Service Manager
 020 8960 4004

Other Details


Referral required

Local Offer

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Who is this service available to?

Pursuing Independent Paths work with individuals diagnosed with mild, moderate and severe learning disabilities aged 18 years and over. Pursuing Independent Paths also work with individuals who have a dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health issues.

Holistically Pursuing Independent Paths main incentive is to promote independence and help individuals develop their skills and selfconfidence through their key services.

How do you access this service?

The services advertised by Pursuing Independent Paths are available using your Personal Budgets. Pursuing Independent Paths will accept referrals from anyone including professionals, families, carers, and individuals.

To apply, the referee can contact Pursuing Independent Paths directly using the contact details provided. They will be given a Pursuing Independent Paths referral form and an answer to their queries. Upon completion, the referral form will be reviewed and the customer will be called in for a face-toface meeting. It is possible that the customer is already known to the service prior to this stage.

The face-to-face meeting is necessary to gather more information and establish whether Pursuing Independent Paths is the right service to meet the individual’s needs, wishes and circumstances. Following this meeting and depending on the outcome of the meeting, the customer will have a trial session. If the customer wishes to continue accessing the service they will receive a personcentred plan which is reviewed twice a year.

The person-centred plan covers a wide-range of issues with a strong focus on goal-setting and outcomes. Professionals from different services will be involved throughout this process to ensure a holistic approach to peoples care and support

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

Pursuing Independent Paths services are not externally regulated but rather follow a series of internal procedures and protocols. This includes:

  • Contract Monitoring through the local authority
  • Recognising and Rewarding Progress and Achievement (RARPA) RARPA is a system designed to monitor and track the customer’s progress meeting their aspired goals and outcomes. We now use Asdan guidelines for our curriculum development. Asdan is and awarding body, providing courses that develop skills for learning, work and life.
  •  An annual ‘Student Survey’ For quality assurance and development purposes, Pursuing Independent Paths release an annual Student Survey for customers to participate in and give their feedback.
Last Updated 12/04/2021

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