Learning Disabilities & Difficulties

“I just wanted to send a quick email to tell you how impressed we have been with the six week ABC programme Liz delivered to our Year 12 students who have additional needs. The programme was very relevant and as many of our students are vulnerable but also naturally keen to form relationships it is absolutely vital that they are provided with further opportunities to explore relationships and appropriate behaviour. The programme was delivered in a highly professional and effective way. Liz involved all students and the resources devised were relevant, differentiated and visually very attractive. Everyone has been very positive about the workshops. We would love it if Liz could return at the same time next year to deliver the programme to our new cohort and hope this will be possible”. Impington Village College

It is legal for anyone aged 16 years and over to engage in consensual sexual activity with partners of the same or opposite sex. This applies to anyone with a learning disability or difficulty (LDD) provided the person has the capacity to consent to sexual activity. DHIVERSE provides bespoke training and 1-2-1 support to anyone with a LDD and to parents, carers and to anyone working with someone with a LDD.

‘ABC Programme’
Our six week ‘ABC’ programme helps participants to develop skills around Awareness, Balance and making Choices concerning relationships and sexual health. The programme covers:

  • Understanding relationships
  • Being assertive and communication skills
  • Keeping safe and taking risks
  • Staying safe online and in the community
  • Sexual Health

The programme is designed to be delivered to groups of up to 10 participants, on a one-to-one basis or for couples.

The programme can also be tailored to meet the needs of individuals and groups and topics can be picked and mixed.

We can provide sessions for you in-house or at our Centre in Cambridge.

‘Understanding ABC’

We also run a support/information programme for parents, partners, carers and anyone supporting someone with a learning disability or difficulty. The ‘Understanding ABC’ gives participants an opportunity to find out about the ‘ABC programme’, what it entails and what the aims are. The programme also supports participants to understand the sex and relationship needs of people with learning disabilities and difficulties and equips them with the appropriate information to talk about sex, relationships and keeping safe with the people they support and care for.

Meet the team.

Liz MacKenzie
ABC Programme Manager

Lindsey McAuley
ABC Programme Facilitator

Debbie Drew
ABC Programme Facilitator

Rosie Childs

ABC Programme Assistant


TO FIND OUT MORE, FOR AN INFORMAL CHAT OR TO MAKE A BOOKING PLEASE CONTACT: Liz MacKenzie, Learning Disabilities Lead/ABC Programme Manager:

T: 01223 508805 or 07985 447846

E: elizabeth@dhiverse.org.uk

Please note: Workshops are FREE but a cancellation charge may apply. Please check at the time of booking.

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