The world has changed dramatically as a result of the Covid-19 crisis – many of the places we visit, where we work and socialise, are closed or have restricted access and we are required to self-isolate or socially distance ourselves from our friends and family.

We’re all having to make changes to the ways we live together at home and in communities, to combat the virus.

Changing our lives in this way is difficult for all of us and there is plenty of general advice out there about how to adapt and cope at this time. However it can be particularly difficult for children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.

These resources focus on the use of Active Support to enable families and support staff to develop the skills needed to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism in staying active and trying new things and creating structure and routine.


Stay Inside: Be Inspired Guide

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This easy to read booklet explains what Active Support is, why it is important, what it looks like in practice and how it can be used by families and support staff now and in the future.

If you would like to receive a free hard copy of the guide and poster please email us with your name and address.


Facebook group

We have set up a Stay Inside: Be Inspired facebook group where we will post new resources as they emerge and also where you can ask questions of other families and practitioners working in the area of Active Support.

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Video resources

You can find a large range of videos illustrating different elements of Active Support and other elements of good support on the United Response Practice Development YouTube Channel.

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Coming soon…

More Stay Inside: Be Inspired resources

Introduction to Active Support webinar – this will be an opportunity for you to listen to a talk about Active Support based on the Stay Inside: Be Inspired guide, with the opportunity to ask some general questions.

Having a go webinars – there will be two separate webinars, one tailored for staff working in the homes of people they support and another for families living at home, that will:

  • allow you to think about using some of the principles
  • guide you through some practice exercises
  • provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

These FREE, easy to use resources have been developed in partnership with the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent.

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