The Project

The Real Opportunities project can support your son/daughter to become more independent in their adult lives, and can also support you as parents or family members with advice, support and guidance.

The focus of the project is on Person Centred Planning, and staff will work closely with young people and you, as their families to help develop a transition plan. This plan will help young people identify where they want to be in the future in terms of employment, independent living, education, relationships and leisure activities. Project staff will then use this plan to cater activities and training to support the transition plan, and the aims and goals laid out in it.

To be eligible for the project young people must be aged between 14-19* and have a learning disability, severe and complex needs or an autistic spectrum disorder and live in, or go to school in one of the local authorities the project works in, which are:

  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Merthyr
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen

*In some circumstances the project can continue to work with young people up to the age of 25.

Referrals to the project can be made by anyone, using the referral forms which can be found here. You should send your form to your local team, their contact details can be found on our Project Contacts page.

Click on the 'What Support is Offered' page for more information about Real Opportunities. You can also take a look at our videos, in which young people from the project explain what it's all about. You can view these in our Young People's section or view them below: