Leeds Mencap Positive Futures Course

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Positive Futures Course

The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9 LU

0113 8270058 | 07950 491550

Are you aged 16-24 with a learning disability?
  • Community Impact Project
  • Employability Skills
  • Supported Work Placement
  • Fundraising Project
  • MQney Management

Over 22 weeks (including work placement)

Course Content

Community Impact Project (CIP)

As a learner you will work in groups to organise and deliver a CIP. Previous CIPs have included wrapping Christmas presents for children, gardening and helping the homeless. Learners will be responsible for generating project ideas, planning, problem solving, delivery, debriefing and evaluation. CIPs have proven an effective model of working by:

  • Teaching participants new skills, in turn raising self-esteem and confidence.
  • Improving involvement of participants in their communities.
  • Enhancing the community’s expectations of people with a learning disability.


This module will focus on developing specific employment skills and experience, delivered through group and 1-2-1 session which are adapted to each individual. It will cover the following:

  • Work skills: Introduce the learner to the skills key for successful employment e.g. time management, team work and communication.
  • My skills: Provide the learner with an understanding of the workplace and the kind of employment that may suit them e.g. work placement rights and job opportunities.
  • Finding Work: Introduce learners to the main ways of finding paid employment. This will cover applying for work, job searching, CV writing and interview techniques.

Supported Work Placement

Each learner will complete a placement with a local employer, lasting up to 16 hours over a period of time to suit the learner. Placements will be identified with the learner to ensure suitability and will introduce the learner to the work environment, establish their ambition, interests and any further training and support needs. They also provide a reference to help the learner to move into paid employment.

Money management 

This module will ensure learners are prepared and able to after their finances. The course will cover:

  • Assessing each learner’s skills with money and what money means to them.
  • Looking at essential and non-essential spending, budgeting, and debt.
  • Exploring personal spending, bank accounts and protecting identity.

Fundraising Event

Learners will work to organise a fundraising event for a cause of their choice, from their local community. The groups will manage a small budget, putting their money management skills into practice.

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Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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