What is Real Opportunities?

The Real Opportunities project is a multifaceted initiative that supports young people through the transition to adulthood using an innovative and comprehensive model of support. Work of the project is centred on Person Centred Planning and developing the person 'as a whole'.

Direct support is given to young people based on five pathways in the transition to adulthood, encompassing different areas of life, including; Life Long Learning, Independent Living, Leisure Opportunities, Relationships and Employment. This is achieved with the following interventions:

  • Transition Planning
  • Person Centred Planning & Family Liaison
  • Work Preparation & Employment Support (Provided by Elite, Remploy, NAS and Mencap)
  • Skills for Living Independently
  • Youth Inclusion & Peer Mentor Development
  • Psychological Support & Behaviour Management

Young people are indirectly supported by the training and recruiting of peer mentors. Each Real Opportunities team has a peer mentor coordinator who trains colleagues and peers within the young person's life to be able to support him/her in a more natural setting, promoting greater integration into the workplace & community & providing support in a more personal & preferred way.

You can find out more about the project using the navigation on the left. 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:

The project is also seeking to improve and develop methods of best practice across Wales for supporting young people with Special Educational Needs through transition, and has contracted research and evaluation services from the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities in order to evaluate success of the interventions and project methodology and to disseminate best practice as widely as possible.

Resources will be made available, for free, in a Real Opportunities Tool Kit. The toolkit will include project administrative procedures including referral forms, jobs descriptions and project methodology as well as PCP resources. Please see the 'Resources' page for more information and to sign up for free resources.