Resources & Downloads

Here are some links and documents to some important information.


For parents, guardians, carers and social workers you will find important documents below which you can download and use.

Health and wellbeing benefits of care farming

There has been much research published on the health and wellbeing benefits of green care interventions such as care farming.  Click on this link to see the research

Care farming combines contact and connection with nature, social interaction and farm-related activity. All these things are beneficial for general health and wellbeing in themselves.

There is also a benefit from the combination of these elements together. Where people have a defined need, this combination of benefits can create a complex intervention. These interconnected physical health and mental wellbeing benefits can help many different people


Nature and Health: useful research , click to see list of research articles

Travel Assist are a not for profit social enterprise which exists to provide affordable, accessible transport for people who experience difficulties using mainstream transport. Have a look at their website to find out more

The NHS has a library of apps and online tools to help manage health and well-being.

Here is a link to just the mental health apps

Most are free, some are free with adds  and some need referrals to use


Unless stated otherwise, apps are not supplied by the NHS, and the NHS is not liable for their use

below is a selection from the NHS library, tell us if you recomend any more!


The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention

eQuoo:Emotional Fitness Game

The eQuoo app uses adventure games designed by psychologists to help you increase your emotional fitness and teach you new psychological skills.You'll also find tips on how to communicate more effectively and maintain your mental wellbeing. 


Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected


ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.

Free during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Autism inpatient mental health service

Launched 1 sept 2020, The service offers advice and support to autistic people and the families of autistic people in England who have been detained in a mental health hospital, or are at imminent risk of detention or re-detention

My Step Up Flyer
Our latest flyer, if you would like us to send you some, please get in touch!
My Step Up A5 FlyerV3.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [501.3 KB]

Easy Read Version of the statutory guidance for Local Authorities and the NHS on the Adult Autism Strategy.

Social Care and Support Guide

If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, this NHS website explains your options and where you can get support.

  Same NHS site, but about Personal budgets and direct payments

Click here for Link to British Sign Language Dictionary

Search and compare thousands of words and phrases in British Sign Language (BSL). The largest collection of free video signs online.


Service user information
1 . "Red Amber Green" (similar to a health passport) format service user information. Contact details and the need to know basics, things that are important to you, and likes / dislikes
v3 My Step Up Traffic Light Assessment.d[...]
Microsoft Word document [311.0 KB]
My Step Up Care Farm Client Risk Assessment
2. My Step Up Care Farm Client Risk Assessment. An individual overview or risks and how we address, manage or avoid to minimise the risks
MsU V4 Risk Form Assess and management.[...]
Microsoft Word document [53.5 KB]
Our care plan template
3. After understanding of needs and a risk assessment we can develop a care plan. Which is simply why are you using the farm, what are we trying to achieve, and how do we help achieve those goals
Microsoft Word document [42.8 KB]
One Page Profile Template
4. From the care plan, risk assessment and experience of working with you we have a summary "one pager" that gives a quick overview and some ways of understand you and your interests.
MSU One Page Profile Template.doc
Microsoft Word document [47.5 KB]
Consent form
Consent form for website images
Consent Form MyStepUp.doc
Microsoft Word document [190.0 KB]
My Step Up Safeguarding Policy
Our latest Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
MSU Safeguarding Policy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [357.3 KB]
My Step Up Health and Safety Policy
Our latest health and safety policy.
MsU H S Policy 2022 Revised.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [368.2 KB]
Dial-A-Ride membership form
To use DialARide you must be a member. Membership is free, and is very simple to complete. Call them if you need a membership form or if you need help completing the form - 01254 200333
Dialaride memebership.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [394.5 KB]

Links To Useful Stuff!

Leaflet on Occupational therapy with people with learning disabilities by the College of Occupational Therapists

Care farming: Defining the ‘offer’ in England  by Natural England published August 2014. From a survey of all 169 UK care farms, showing what farms, like us do, what sort of people come to care farms, and what the difficulties are for care farms.

Positive Risk Taking Policy  From Risk Aversion to Risk Management .

'Easy Read' Version of Cumbria Learning Services Positive Risk Taking Policy. This document contains pictorials as it is for people with learning disabilities and people that help them.

"Risk assessments were never meant to stop people from living their lives. They were meant to help everyone think together and take steps to cut down on the risks so that you can live your life and be part of your community."

This policy may be a useful starting point when talking about change and doing different things.

BiLD Fact sheets  BILD is the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. It aims to get people with learning disabilities to be valued equally, participate fully in their communities and be treated with dignity and respect. They also campaign for proper funding for support for people with learning disabilities.

Medical conditions This is a link to Contact a family charity. They have a very detailed list of conditions in an A-Z Directory, written to be accessible for parents and carers as well as professionals.

The Social Value Guide, produced by Social Enterprise UK in association with Anthony Collins Solicitors, aims to helps those affected by the Social Value Act prepare for its implementation in January 2013

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