Realise South West is Somerset Care’s award winning learning disabilities service.
Realise is committed to transforming care and support for people with a learning disability or Autism, focusing on empowering people and their families.
Realise South West have gained national recognition for their work on Transforming Care agenda.
The Transforming Care programme aims to improve the lives of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge, including those with a mental health condition. We have successfully enabled people to move out of hospital or unsuitable placements and to live more independently, growing in confidence and self-esteem. We work closely with the individual, their families as well as professionals to learn about the individual, their childhood, interests and preferences so that we support them in the best way possible.
The Realise team support people to:
Learn and develop independence skills
Transition from long term hospital stays into independent living
Seek meaningful work or voluntary opportunities
Integrate with their local communities
Build new friendships
How can you access this support?
Those that we support may have their service funded through their Local Authority, through an Individual Budget or privately. We recommend speaking to your local authority, to see if you are entitled to this support.
We have a passionate team at Realise who care deeply about empowering people to live the life they choose, promoting positive risk taking and removing barriers.
Realise use bespoke recruitment strategies to ensure customers and their support team are well suited. Our customers are often involved in the recruitment process, empowering them to be part of their support as much or as little as they wish.
My name is Joanne Leigh and I have been with Realise for almost 10 years now as a Registered Manager.
Prior to joining Somerset Care I was a registered manager in a children’s residential service having started as a support worker in 1999. I have a long history of working in the care sector and can honestly say I love it.
I have achieved many qualifications over the years including a Level 7 in Business Management, Level 5 in Health and Social Care, IOSH, Level 2 and 3 in Supporting Mental Health.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, running, keep fit and walking my two dogs. I have also recently joined a community choir. All of these activities keep me very busy but allow me to have quality down time too.
Specialist CareOur specialist teams are passionate about supporting people to live well with dementia, life-limiting illness and medical conditions requiring nursing care or additional specialist support.
Learning Disabilities CareAchieving national recognition for its work, our learning disabilities service, Realise, provides high-quality, personalised care and support for those living with learning disabilities and Autism across the South of England.
Physical Disabilities CareOur Physical Disability respite centre in Taunton, is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. This person-centred service offers support to those aged between 18 – 65 years of age, who have a physical disability or sensory loss.