Learning Disabilities & Difficulties

“We have had Liz deliver her ABC programme for a number of year and found it has been an excellent way for our students, who all have additional needs, to understand and ask questions about relationships and sexuality in a safe environment. Young people with learning disabilities are more at risk of sexual abuse so they need to have that information and to learn about appropriate relationships and for example ‘saying no’. For many students this has almost been a taboo subject and one that has been ignored as not relevant or only touched upon in a general way.

Liz has developed an excellent package which is pitched at the right level for our students. It has provided them with confidence and knowledge. The programme is an excellent one and I highly recommend this programme to other providers. I am so sorry not to be able to talk to the group in person.

I cannot recommend Liz Mackenzie highly enough, she is highly professional and has an engaging manner, the students love her.”

Julie Williams

IDEAL Co-ordinator

Impington Village College



“I just wanted to let you know how invaluable Debbie’s support has been to our very vulnerable students with SEND in school. She has been reliable, flexible and most of all unfailingly supportive to the young people. Parents have been delighted that there is a service available for their youngsters facing difficulties around relationships and sexual health.

We look forward to continuing the links with Dhiverse from September and I know Debbie is also planning to meet up with a couple of the young people over the summer.”

Jenette Kingsbury

Inclusion Manager

Hinchinbrooke School



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
elizabeth@dhiverse.org.uk

Lindsey McAuley
ABC Programme Facilitator
lindsey@dhiverse.org.uk

Debbie Drew
ABC Programme Facilitator
debbie@dhiverse.org.uk

Rosie Childs

ABC Programme Assistant
rosie.childs@dhiverse.org.uk

 

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.

Our ABC programme is

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