How We Work
Each person that comes and spends time with us is funded through their personal budget. This is an amount that is allocated to them by their local authority and is paid to them every four weeks. The figure is based on the outcomes of an assessment carried out by social services. This Self Directed Support Plan looks at all areas of someone’s life and the things they would both like to do, and need to do to improve on their current situation. The person can then buy services that will help them with their outcomes.
We design individual programmes for people who choose to spend their time with us. The outcomes that we work to are the same as those in the Self Directed Support Plan. We deliver small group activities for people that are targeted around individual outcomes. Small group working allows people to do the same activity, but with the flexibility to allow for different outcomes and the added advantage of providing a controlled and safe social situation.
Space Inclusive has the idea that everyone is good at something. This idea helps us inform our working practice and encourages us to identify when someone else, either another provider or agency, is better placed to provide support for an activity.
The Care Act came into force in April 2015. Norman Lamb, the minister for care and support, has described it as “the most significant reform of care and support in 60 years”.
One of the key points in the act is that it will put “people and their carers in control of their care and support”. There is certainly a lot in the care act and its guidance about choice, involvement, partnership, empowerment and co-production. The Care Act confirms that when considering a person’s wellbeing, councils must begin “with the assumption that the individual is best-placed to judge the individual’s wellbeing”. The guidance for the act explains that “an assessment must be person-centred, involving the individual”.
This is directly in line with the way we think here at Space Inclusive. Putting individuals with support needs at the centre of what we do is integral to how we work. However, it is important to recognise the limitations that local authorities are working with. Local authority funding has been decreasing year on year, and it seems clear that this will continue. For more information on the Care Act, visit
Space Inclusive was born out of an idea we both had whilst working together in a Special School in Nottinghamshire. We wanted to use our creativity to open new avenues and opportunities for young adults with special needs.
We were often frustrated with the lack of places that fitted our students adequately after leaving school and felt that we could open a centre that both welcomed and accommodated young adults needs in making their next step.
We are extremely proud of what we have achieved in the short time that we have been open and are pleased to be making a difference in moving people onwards and upwards to achieve their own goals. We are passionate about the role that Space Inclusive can play in the future of adults with learning disabilities in the East Midlands and will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.
Apex Martial Arts
Mapperly Park Tennis Club
Nottinghamshire Cricket Club
Nottingham City Council Sports and Leisure Services
Rumbletums Café, Kimberly
River Maun Leisure Centre Mansfield
Gym for Less, Nottingham
Bulwell Community Gardens
St Ann’s Allotments
Framework – The Workshop
Nottingham University Hospitals
The Prince’s Trust
The Vox Centre, Stapleford
Mapperley Park Residents Association
Broadview Riding Stables
The Cookery/Textiles Workshop