Hill Park Outreach Service

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HPOS supports people towards living independently

Community Outreach Service

Hill Park Outreach Service (HPOS) supports people in Bexley and the surrounding boroughs who may have a learning disability, an autistic spectrum disorder or a mental health problem. HPOS supports them towards living independently and helps them to gain new practical and social skills whether they are living in their own homes or with family.

HPOS provide a range of autism services and assistance devised to improve the quality of people’s lives and experiences. These services include: Outreach Support, Day & Vocational Opportunities, Supported Living, Socialisation, Inclusion and Support at Home.

People with autism often suffer discrimination and loneliness which may result in isolation.

1 out of every 100 people has autism. You cannot always tell if someone is autistic, as it is sometimes called a hidden disability. Some people with autism find these things difficult:

  • They find it difficult to tell people what they need, and how they feel
  • They find it difficult to meet other people and to make new friends
  • They find it difficult to understand what other people think, and how they feel

 Not everyone with autism will find these things difficult. This is because each person with autism is different. Autism lasts for all of a person's life, however they can still do a lot of things and learn a lot of skills.

Our Outreach programme develops skills with the intention to increase independence, confidence, effective communication and advocacy, in addition to promoting social inclusion.

Whatever the needs of the individual concerned, we are there to provide individualised support and guidance during every step of their whole journey.

For more information contact Kellie Thompson on kelliethompson@pepenbury.info  or telephone 01322 310528

The service is based at the Jo Doyle Centre, 17 Crayford High Street DA1 4HH.

Read about MOST, our community outreach service for Kent.

 

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