Reaching Beyond Expectation
We want to support adults with learning disabilities to reach beyond what they expect of themselves and what other people expect. For some, this might mean new chances to do everyday things – having friends, going out, having purposeful activity, learning new skills and having fun. Or it might mean doing something really different – setting up a micro-business, being part of a local forum or planning and performing a participatory arts piece to hundreds of people.
We strive to reach beyond expectation by:
- Putting the needs and aspirations of adults with learning disabilities at the centre of everything we do.
- Creating new opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to participate in community life and for the community to participate in our activities.
- Really taking the time to get to know the people who use our services, listening to them and responding creatively and flexibly to their needs.
- Offering a wide choice of engaging and challenging activities.
- Being robust about the right of adults with learning disabilities and their family carers to have their voice heard and understood.
- Focusing on quality and best practice in all aspects of our work and challenging ourselves to do better and reach further.
- Running innovative projects to help tackle barriers to a more fulfilling life.
Examples of our innovative projects:
Collecting Stories: funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this 2013 project enabled 12 adults with learning disabilities to explore their local heritage. The group made new connections between our lives and the past, and shared their experiences through performance, art, craft and cooking, exhibitions and a blog – podblogcollectingstories.blogspot.com
Adult Life: run in partnership with the local Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) nurse, this weekly group encouraged and supported participants to explore ways of staying safe as they navigated their way through relationships and recreational activities.
Positive outcomes reported include smoking cessation and reduced intake of alcohol, fizzy drinks and snacks.
We hope to run another Adult Life project shortly.
Photo-mission: this short project aimed to support Flower Pod clients to reflect upon their horticultural learning to date and to share their learning with others via Photo Story software.
Positive outcomes included enhanced confidence and communication skills, new ICT skills, and reinforcement of previous learning.
Funded by Nottinghamshire County Council Adult & Community Learning Service.