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Communicate 2U is a social enterprise based in Birmingham, West Midlands . The company was set up in response to the number of people with learning disabilities being left isolated from society and unable to get the support they need due to poor communication within the health and social care sectors.
Our mission is to improve the communication in these sectors through training, research, and innovation, whilst working collaboratively alongside people with learning disabilities and those who have alternative communication needs. The company was set up in 2011 by Annette Roebuck who is an Occupational Therapist and a director of Communicate 2U. The company's ethos is grounded in Occupational therapy theories and values, supported by Annette's book 'Rethinking Communication in Health and Social Care'.
The Communicate 2U team is made up of occupational therapists and job coaches each bringing to the company a unique set of experience and skills in areas such as healthcare, education, and performing arts.
"In health and social care settings it's important to remember that not everyone uses words to communicate"
Annette Roebuck (Communicate 2U Director)
What we do
Each year we work with a group of young people with learning disabilities to deliver our services to organisations and businesses. Communicate 2U always uses creative methods to get our message across and we believe using drama, music and film also makes our sessions enjoyable for everyone involved.
Over recent years we have provided training and support to organisations such as Coventry University, The Royal College of Nurses, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and Selly Manor Museum.
Alongside our services we run a supported internship course for the young people giving them the opportunity to gain further work experience in the local community and complete a qualification in life and work skills.
Services we offer
"Very Simple to understand, making me realise communication
does not always have to be a serious conversation with words"
Participant from Royal College of Nurses (2019)