The Thursday Club
People with learning disabilities have the opportunity to meet up with their friends in a social and supported setting enjoying, music, karaoke, art games and community activities. Transport is provided enabling many people who could not otherwise access the club to do so safely.
April 2012 - April 2013
Charity information: Equal People (Kensington & Chelsea)
People with learning disabilities can become very isolated and can often only spend time with their friends during the day with staff support. People with more complex needs or who are vulnerable are unable to access social events or the community in the evening and can often face discrimination or abuse when accessing the community..
The Thursday Club will provide supported transport to/from the individual's door. Support will be provided at the social club or out in the community that enables individuals to be with their friends that is unobtrusive but ensures safety. People with learning disabilities will build friendships, gain confidence, express themselves and challenge public attitudes. Equal People will promote the right of people with learning disabilities to the same opportunities for leisure as everyone.
Maintaining & building friendships and relationships
Activities» Running a social club 48 weeks a year with some groups at the Resource Centre, some out in the community
Success will be...individuals telling us they are happy about seeing all their friends and making more.
Challenging isolation and discrimination
Activities» Enabling individuals to safely access the social club and community through supported transport and shadowed community support.
Success will be... A reduction in hate crime towards people with learning disabilities. More individuals confident to access the community in the evening.
Leisure time. People with learning disabilities taking part in activities they enjoy.
Activities» Providing a supported space or researching and accessing community resources.
Success will be...people making more suggestions about what they want at the club or to do out in the community.
More people going out to socialise in the local community. More challenges to discrimination, whether this be name-calling in the street or clubs being unwelcoming to people with learning disabilities. More "changing places." People with learning disabilities and the general public mixing more at community events.
Loss of the transport enabling individuals to access the Resource Centre & events. A company has been engaged to provide 3 minibuses each week with trained and CRB checked drivers. Not enough volunteers - Equal People regularly publicises our services and advertises for volunteers
Service users are fully involved in all our monitoring. A repotrt for each week is completed giving output and outcome information along with comments from individuals and ideas/plans for future weeks.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £13,400 Transport Minibuses & drivers x 3 x48 weeks £1,600 Equipment Music, art equipment £5,000 Staff Club Leader
Our Resource Centre is in North Kensington. 30 members can socialise at the Resource Centre . Some weeks some will go as a group of friends to activities and events they have chosen in London.
30 individuals with learning disabilities who would otherwise not be able to access the community or see their friends in the community. The local community who will have increased understanding and awareness of the positive contribution and qualities of people with learning disabilities.
Equal People strives to be a user-led charity. Our members are very clear about out of hours social opportunities both within a safe space - our Resource Centre - and out in the community - pubs, clubs, cinemas - and Equal People design our support to enable each person and/or group of friends to achieve their aims, build their skills and fully participate in community life. We have been supporting people with learning disabilities to make their mark in Kensington & Chelsea for over 30 years.
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Thursday Club Team Leader
Running the club. Organising transport supervising the volunteers ensuring member choices are acted upon, Monitoring, recording & reporting to truste
Team Of Volunteers
Supporting the activities, ensuring safety (risk assessments, individual information sheets) and member choices.
Voicing their choices, reviewing the service and planning its future.