Our Emsworth Unit is based in Sunderland and offers a diverse range of programmes based on the individual assessed needs of service users.

The purpose of our Social and Vocational programmes is to offer lifelong learning opportunities in vocational, occupational and a social context. These include functioning life skills in which service users are supported and empowered to build upon. Our Social and Vocational services offer a structured environments whereby individual can participate in a range of programmes areas. 

Our highly skilled staff use a range of personalised approaches to enable services users to be actively involved in choosing their own activities and programmes areas of interest that promotes their social and economic inclusion and meets the individual aspirations. 

Our services offer individuals with realist and achievable training, work experience and valuable life skills. Our person centred programmes provides service users with the necessary communication, sensory and wellbeing strategies as well as Individual Development Plan; enabling out service users to develop individually. 

Each Service User’s programme consists of important Personal and Social Development areas including:

  • Communication and Social Interaction
  • Sensory
  • Personal Care
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Health and Well-being

We recognise the importance of functional skills in the lifelong development of our service users. We recognise that in order for this skill development to be successful, they must be developed in meaningful situations and contexts where these skills are functional to the service user’s development and can be used in a variety of environments.

Functional skills are embedded into every session and activity which takes place, whether it is greeting someone, using money when purchasing items, sending an email home or creating highly motivating person centred plans using technology. It is in these situations where functional skills truly become functional to our service users. Our aim is to equip each service user with the basic practical skills required in everyday life.


Our Staff

Nicole Sleeman - Programme Manager

Iain Watson - Assistant Programme Manager

Alan Connon - Senior Programme Support Worker

Rachel Bell - Senior Programme Support Worker

Angela Crosby - Senior Programme Support Worker


Quality of our Programmes

Supported into Employment  - Beamish Museum

Ailsa at Beamish


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

0191 516 8164
[email protected]