This development aims to provide meaningful and productive work experience opportunities that enable individual skills development and craft training, in facilities that are of a high standard, meet Health and Safety requirements, and are appropriately equipped.
October 2011 - June 2014
The Lantern Community (Sheiling Trust)
Following the Governments spending review there is a need for Dorset County Council to find around £55million in savings over the next three years, with the bulk of it having to come in the first year. One of the main areas where the council is seeking to make savings (£861,000) is through reducing the number of day centres, catering for older people and those with physical and learning disabilities.
By creating more working space we will be able to offer more facilities, to people with a learning disability from the wider community who wish to join us on a daily basis to gain work experience or training, and structure our own work on a more productive basis.
There are increasing enquiries from people who would like to access and be supported in our workshops (day placements).
We want to increase the number of day placements for each of our workshops as they increase in size.
Activities» This may require some extra employment of support staff, and extra funds need to be generated for their salaries.
» Research the possibility of Apprenticeships to work in each of the workshops and to generate funds for their training costs.
» Develop and expand the Lantern community workshops.
» Working on a prospectus for the workshops which can be used for publicity and advertisement purpose. Te develop a marketing strategy for each workshop
Success will be...the forming of a multi purpose workshop place with the potential to offer ongoing timetabled sessions to people with a learning disability around the county.
We predict that we will have increasing demand for the day opportunities we offer as we advertise our future vacancies and that there will be increasing interest to be involved in meaningful work opportunities. By creating more working space we will be able to offer more facilities, to people with a learning disability from the wider community who wish to join us on a daily basis to gain work experience, training, and structure our own work on a more productive basis.
Our workshops are facing a challenging future with the potential threat of some cuts to the current funding. It is possible that Companions will be faced with reductions for day care funding and therefore it is vital that workshops work at full capacity with additional day placements to continue to cover the costs. In contrast to this concern we must recognise that we have a very wide choice of workshops, offering a high standard of meaningful activities which have the potential to be in demand.
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Budget - Project Cost: £812,650Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £630,000 Project costs Weavery/seasonal craft/ pottery workshop building + contingency £182,650 Fittings, Consult. fees, Plan. Internal fittings, Planning and building regs, Architect, structurel engineers fees
Folly Farm Lane
Our aim is to locate our workshops in a “work zone” rather than at present strung out geographically and located next to residential property. By creating more working space we will be able to offer more facilities, to people with a learning disability from the wider community who wish to join us on a daily basis to gain work experience or training, and structure our own work on a more productive basis.
The people with learning disabilities from Dorset county would benefit from our project. Also anyone who is willing to do day volunteering, commit for long term volunteering or to do an apprenticeship on the community premises in one of our workshops.
Our workshops are not located straight next to the residential property, however they are within easy reach, only ten minutes walk from Ringwood or a 1-2 min. drive. It is the relaxing environment which would make our charity best placed to carry out this project.
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