Who we Help

Learning Disability

Learning disabilities are many and varied, and can affect someone in a wide variety of ways.

A learning disability usually occurs from birth or a childhood illness and the effects are life-long. It affects a persons ability to develop academically, language and speech skills and can also have difficulty with everyday tasks.
Learning Disabilities are many and varied. Down’s syndrome, Rhett syndrome and Fragile X are some of the better known syndromes, but there are many people who may not have a name or cause of their learning disability.

A learning disability can affect someone in a wide variety of ways. The term ‘mild’, ‘severe’, and profound learning disability are sometimes used. Some people with a learning disability are able to live independently without support but others require 24 hour support to perform most daily tasks.

It’s important that people find the right, personalised support to lead a full and interesting life and have the same opportunities as everyone else.

At Pure we offer a variety of support and projects which are tailored to a person’s individual needs and helps them make the most of their skills and abilities.


Autism affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and how they make sense of the world around them.

People with autism share three main areas of difficulty sometimes called the ‘triad of impairments’. They are:

  • difficulty with social communication
  • difficulty with social interaction
  • difficulty with social imagination.

However this affects everyone in different ways and to varying degrees. This is why autism is known as a spectrum condition.

People with autism may struggle to communicate or make sense of things around them and which can cause anxiety. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sensory world such a sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

On the spectrum of autism some people are “high functioning” may be diagnosed to be Asperger’s syndrome. This is affected by people’s level of cognitive ability, language development and if they have associated disabilities such as learning disability.

We have a range of projects and training for people with autism.

Asperger’s syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism. It is mostly a ‘hidden disability’. This means that you can’t tell that someone has the condition.

It affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. People with Asperger syndrome has fewer problems with speaking but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

On the autistic spectrum they may be “high functioning.” They do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties.

People with Asperger syndrome may find it harder to read the signals that most of us take for granted. This means they find it more difficult to communicate and interact with others. This could lead to high levels of anxiety and confusion.

Positive aspects may be a higher that average intelligence, improved memory and ability to concentrate.

Pure provides specific bespoke support to support people with Asperger syndrome who are looking for work and make most of person’s individual abilities and skills.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects movement, posture and coordination.

Usually diagnosed at birth or in early childhood, each person with the condition will be affected differently and it can vary from mild to severe. For some people, cerebral palsy will only affect them physically.

However, others may be affected by seizures, epilepsy or difficulties with speech and language. Some will also have a learning disability.

Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, therapy can help improve posture and muscle control. An early diagnosis can also help ensure someone with a learning disability or speech and language problems receives the right professional support they need early in their development.

Mental Health

Mental Illness can affect people of all ages and walks of life.

One in four people experience mental health problems in any year. It can be triggered by any number of things including physical, social, environmental and/or genetic factors.

65% of people with mental illness would like to return to work. For many people all it will take is the right support.

At Pure we support people to build up their confidence and find the right job. Our Mental Health team will work with the person to build a picture of a person’s skills, needs and preferences and also work closely with the employer to gain an understanding of what they require, their culture and environment.

Deaf Job Seekers

Being deaf or hard of hearing can mean very different things to different people.

People who are deaf can be used to describe people with all degrees of hearing loss. Hard of hearing can describe people with mild to severe hearing loss and who have lost their hearing gradually.

People who were born hearing and become severely or profoundly deaf after learning to speak are often described as deafened. This can happen either suddenly or gradually.

Pure has a specialist worker who is qualified in BSL to support people who are deaf or hard of hearing to get jobs and who will understand your barriers and communication needs.

N.B. Due to cuts in funding we are no longer able to offer this service at this time. We’ll keep you posted on any updates in the New Year!

BESD – Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) is an umbrella term to describe a range of complex and chronic difficulties experienced by many children and young people. Also known as SEBD or EBD, recent figures suggest that around 150,000 children in mainstream and special schools are suffering from BESD.

The special education needs (SEN) code of practice describes BESD as a learning difficulty where children and young people demonstrate features of emotional and behavioural difficulties such as:

  • Being withdrawn or isolated
  • Displaying a disruptive and disturbing nature
  • Being hyperactive and lacking concentration
  • Having immature social skills

Presenting challenging behaviours arising from other complex special needs
The term behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) covers a wide range of special educational needs. This includes children and young people with emotional disorders and conduct disorders/hyperkinetic disorders – including attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

Learning difficulties can arise for children and young people with BESD because their difficulties can affect their ability to cope with school routines and relationships.

The term “behavioural, emotional and social difficulties” covers a wide range of SEN. It includes children and young people with:

  • emotional disorders
  • conduct disorders/hyperkinetic disorders (including attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD))

Children and young people whose behavioural difficulties may be less obvious, for example:

  • those with anxiety
  • who self-harm
  • have school phobia or depression
  • those whose behaviour or emotional wellbeing are seen to be deteriorating

Whether a child or young person is considered to have BESD depends on a range of factors, including the:

  • nature
  • frequency
  • persistence
  • severity
  • abnormality

BESD also covers children and young people whose behavioural difficulties may be less obvious. For example – those with anxiety, who self-harm, have school phobia or depression and those whose behaviour or emotional wellbeing are seen to be deteriorating

For some children and young people their behaviour may mean they struggle to access the school or college curriculum. For others, a learning difficulty may lead to or worsen behavioural and emotional difficulties, for example, a child who has difficulty in grasping the basics of literacy or numeracy may withdraw from lessons or try to divert attention away from the learning difficulty by disruptive behaviour.

Although it is recognised that there are considerable challenges, children and young people with BESD should be supported in reaching expectations and participating fully in school. As a special educational need, BESD does not prevent children and young people achieving well.

Pure and The Manchester College have a supported internship site for young people to learn work skills within a real workplace.

The internship is open to young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. These young people face some of the most challenging barriers to paid work but have already shown a huge commitment to the project and to their futures.

To find out more visit Supported Internships