WHO WE ARE
Lifelong Family Links works in partnership with children, young people and adults with a disability, their carers, relatives and community-based service providers to deliver flexible services within the community designed to improve the lives of disabled people. We were established on 1982. Our key aim is to ensure young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to live, learn and
work within their local community, achieve sustained progression, resulting in better life outcomes disabled people achieve their full potential, to enjoy a rich and full individual and family life, and one in which they engage with, and contribute, to the local community. This includes accessing voluntary and paid employment.
We provide services which challenge the disadvantage and discrimination faced by disabled people, helping them develop skills that ensure a successful transition to adulthood and the maximisation of their personal and educational potential. Our commitment is to ensure that the views of disabled people remain at the heart of our work and at the heart of others working with disabled people. We will do this by remaining financially strong, by recruiting, retaining and developing excellent staff and by providing strong leadership.
Our activities include running clubs and special sessions for disabled children and young people, including after school and Saturday clubs and holiday playschemes with specialist workshop activities, including music therapy, IT skills, sports and creative play. We provide assisted transport to encourage accessibility and we also work with service users’ families, organising family day trips and outings.
In addition, LFL provides 1:1 linking services and support for young people referred to us by social services. Our Lambeth activities are targeted towards improvements in young people’s wellbeing, developing their life skills and promoting employability. Since 2016, we have been running life and employment skills accreditation courses (ASDAN) and our student achievement levels are excellent. Most of our service users (over 90%) are from black and minority ethnic groups and they are all classifiable as low income families. We are increasingly focusing on supporting vulnerable young people and adults, including developing activities to prevent crime and radicalisation.
In addition to our main programmes based in Lambeth, we have, since 2012, delivered befriending, mentoring and support services to vulnerable adults and young people in Southwark.