Project information

Moving on Up

Rock is growing again! With over 100 active clients we are going to extend our premises to offer new purpose built facilities in which adults with learning disabilities can develop key skills to live life to the full. We're also expanding the support and workshops we offer to keep up with demand.

April 2017 - April 2018

Charity information: Rock Foundation Uk Limited

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  • Need


    For people with learning difficulties life can be difficult, and although there are services to help, many need further provision or fall through the cracks with no funding or regular provision.

    With massive cuts to local services and personal funding, many of the conventional support services are no longer accessible, causing more people to regress in terms of health and vital life skills. Only by extending our service offering will we be able to address these difficulties.


    By expanding our workshops and social activities we will reach more people and maximise social contact. Improving our staffing structure and resources will allow us to raise the quality of our services whilst allowing us to provide strong person centred support that can be targeted at the specific needs of each individual.

    When this is combined with an extended building and new purpose ready facilities, we will have the perfect platform from which to offer excellent services efficiently.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    -Increase our capacity to match local need, and increase the number of clients we serve.


    » Further improve staff structure to balance with new facilities.
    » Introduce new activities which are attractive to a broad range of currently underrepresented people.

    What success will look like

    -Review our total capacity against current capacity.
    -Record client intake/output to measure any increase in client numbers.

    Aim 2

    Improve social activities and resources available to people with learning disabilities.


    » Provide extended of hours social activities for people with learning disabilities.
    » Introduce additional leisure activities such as sports into our day schedules.

    What success will look like

    -Record improvements to our activities and new activities.
    -Record client uptake of these activities.
    -Record if new clients joined as a direct result of these activities.

    Aim 3

    Clients improve their quality of life through developing self esteem, social and independence skills


    » Improve staffing to further increase the quality of training and support available to our clients.

    What success will look like

    -Monitor improvements through client review meetings.
    -Develop cases studies based on client/carer results.

  • Impact


    Developing skills and social time generate a sense of both pride and community, essential to an individual’s self esteem. The independence skills learned will help our clients to move on in life and become more able to care for themselves, reducing reliance on carers and family.
    We hold regular review meetings with each client and their carers and assess their progress at regular intervals, and from these we generate case studies and gather evidence against which we assess our programmes.


    We will be taking some financial risk as we will be building during the project. We have reviewed our finances and retain a small reserve as an emergency measure for this. We have ensured that we have more than adequate insurance to cover for unforeseen circumstances and have engaged a major HR firm to manage the majority of staff related risk.
    Risks relating to the loss or sudden incapacity of key personnel have been assessed and draft strategies made to ensure that our activities continue.


    Donors will receive a regular newsletter by email, either at quarterly intervals or significant points in the project and will be notified of any press coverage the project receives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,355

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,775 Wages Support Worker 22.5 hours pw @ £7.50
      £8,580 Wages Tutor 11 hours pw @ £15

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Personal Donor £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our building lies on the edge of the East Marsh, the second worst area in the Indices of Multiple Deprivation, and much of the rest of Grimsby experiences similar levels of deprivation. With cuts to local authority services this creates a desperate need for charities such as us to fill the gap.

    Additionally only 700 of around 3000 local people with a learning disability access provision, which in this climate of deprivation makes their outlook rather poor and opportunities scarce.


    We serve 80 service users per week, with plans to double our capacity when we change premises in September. All have a learning disability with a range of severities, from a full range of economic backgrounds with many coming from deprived areas.
    Some of these clients now live in supported accommodation or independently, but there are many seeking independence, and some who wish to remain with their families. Whatever their dreams, hopes and needs, every individual benefits in our approach.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Rock has been established within our community for around 5 years and has grown incredibly during that time. We repeatedly receive feedback from parents about lives changed for the better and have successfully run multiple programmes through grant funding and through our own social enterprise funding.
    We are negotiating with the local authority to improve partnership working and are linking in with other local charities to offer unified services and maximum benefit to our community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pam Hodge (C.E.O)

    With 5 years at the helm and endless voluntary experience with CAB and other groups, Pam’s networking skills, drive and vision push Rock to achieve.

    Sue Gladding (Tutor)

    Over 30 years in education and an extensive knowledge of domestic skills allow Sue to devise and manage great skills development and learning courses.

    Matt Wooffindin (Asst Manager)

    4 years in post and in depth knowledge of our clients allow Matt to help Rock provide the right services on an individual level.