Our approach

Journey is a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities

Journey is a charity based in the North East of England, founded in 1982 by parent-carers who wanted to provide meaningful day time occupation for their adult sons and daughters with a learning disability.  The need for Journey remains, as having a disability still limits a persons opportunities and chances in life. Our Mission is "To empower people with additional needs to achieve happy, independent, healthy and socially inclusive lives".

Working from three hubs across the North East of England, Journey uses person centred approaches, involving families and professionals, to design and deliver the right support, enabling people to live the life they choose. Journey creates pathways for all our people, increasing independence wherever possible.  The pathways developed are unique to the person, with their goals and aspirations sitting in the heart of their living action plan. The goals are as varied as the people we support but might include finding a friend, learning to make a cup of tea, performing in a play, or traveling independently. Our professional and passionate staff team deliver a varied programme of activities, all designed to enable our people to reach their full potential, to lead fulfilling lives, and to contribute to their communities.

We have 5 core values at the heart of all we do. We are.......

Person Centred - Those who use our service exercise choice and control and we offer needs based, outcome focused support. We use Person Centred principles in managing the organisation too.

Open - We are part of a person's circle of support, and communicate and work with all concerned.  We are a listening and supportive organisation. We work in partnership with others.

Accountable - We all take pride in what we do, so we measure our outcomes and share them. We always strive to improve.

Creative - We encourage and support innovation and enterprise from everyone at Journey.

Inclusive - Those who use our service inform all we do, we fly the flag for inclusion in the wider community.

With new legislation and the backdrop of challenging financial times in the world of social care provision, we have prioritised and planned for the future, with input from all stakeholders. Our aspirational strategic four year plan identifies the following four goals......

•    To maintain what is working, by continuing to offer our valued, hub based day services.

•    To be the person-centred, high quality, flexible, service provider of choice, for people with additional needs in the North East of England.

•    To offer a service that operates outside the hubs, within people's own communities, moving them onto good life outcomes (Pathway to Community).

•    To offer a supported employment service, helping adults with disabilities to find paid work (Pathway to Employment).