Project information

Opportunities 4 people with learning disabilities

We provide meaningful activities for people with learning disabilities and/or special needs to enable them to achieve their full potential.

Through a choice of environments our personalised service is delivered through social enterprises enabling individuals to connect with the local community.

This project is ongoing.

Charity information: Where Next Association

Where Next Association logo
  • Need

    Need

    People with learning disabilities can lack confidence, self-esteem and a sense of purpose in life. Individuals may not have the option to work or socialise possibly becoming isolated from the community. On leaving formal education they may not continue in their learning limiting opportunity for further personal development.

    Solution

    We help people achieve their full potential and an improved quality of life. Involvement in social enterprises helps them contribute to society where they gain a sense of self-worth. Through meaningful occupation we promote a culture of independence, give people a feeling of being valued and belonging. Individuals may take nationally accredited qualifications enabling them to develop core skills and by offering creative and fun activities we help people to engage socially and meet new friends.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide opportunities to engage in a local social enterprise

    Activities

    » Individuals may choose to participate in our social enterprises providing a service and/or product to the public.

    Success will be seeing an individual's potential fulfilled through placements in any of our social enterprises.


    Aim 2

    To provide training and personal development.

    Activities

    » Individuals may undertake an accredited nationally recognised qualification (ASDAN) or a Where Next Certificate.

    Success is improvement in literacy, numeracy, life skills or training for work and/or achievement of a formal qualification or in-house certificate according to individual ability.


    Aim 3

    To provide leisure and social opportunities

    Activities

    » Individuals can choose to take part in activities such as dance, music, singing, crafts and socialise at Where Next Hub.

    Success is seeing people with learning disabilities and/or other special needs enjoy fulfilling activities.


    Aim 4

    To provide help and information to parents & carers and signposting to other providers of services

    Activities

    » Where Next Hub is now offering this service to local people looking for help on client benefits, disability issues or individual budgets for example.

    Enabling local people to understand how to access services successfully for those they care for through our support and help.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Benefits to individuals will be:
    Fulfilment of potential.
    Increased personal confidence and general well-being.
    Greater social inclusion.
    Reduced isolation and prevention of regression of skills.
    Achievement of nationally recognised qualifications or in-house certificate.
    Support to parents and carers on individual budgets, benefits, independent living, disability issues or signposting to other services improving their own quality of life.

    Risk

    The major risk to which the Charity is exposed is a reduction in funding by statutory authorities to people with lesser needs. With the increase in the use of individual budgets Where Next is taking the opportunity to provide a greater choice of services for people with special needs, their parents and carers.

    Reporting

    We will be happy to report as required by any donor or provide an annual progress report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £693,394

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      Amount Heading Description
      £499,734 Salaries Cost of staff salaries
      £62,108 Property Costs Rent, rates, insurance, heat, light, water
      £83,359 Other Overheads Repairs, maintenance, recruitment, staff training
      £48,193 Direct Costs Equipment, items for resale

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Grants & contracts £435,391 Conditional
    Charitable Trading £171,935 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    We are based in Redditch, Worcestershire and Studley, Warwickshire. Redditch has 13 (24%) of its Lower Super Output Areas in the 20% most deprived areas nationally and 17 in the 30% most deprived. 13.8% of the working age population have no qualifications. Worcestershire has one of the lowest employment rates for people with learning disabilities in the country. Our Spernal Ash premises lie in a rural location just outside Studley.

    Beneficiaries

    Local people with learning disabilities and/or special needs, their parents and carers. We support around 105 people on placement each week. Additionally, we host around 70 individuals a week at Where Next Hub for leisure and learning activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    A charity and company limited by guarantee since 1984 we pioneered and developed a model of best practice in the field of supported employment and services for people with learning disabilities. The Charity has a long-established relationship with Worcestershire County Council as a service provider and has obtained preferred supplier status with Warwickshire County Council. Where Next is an accredited ASDAN teaching centre. Regular external audits are conducted to ensure quality of training.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Graham Clark

    General Manager. In post for over twelve years.

Clients work in our two horticultural nurseries

Clients work in our two horticultural nurseries

£3360

Pays for a place one day a week for a whole year