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Project information

Golden Futures - turning a party into potential

The BUILD Charity will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2017 and as part of its "Golden Anniversary" we want to launch a range of workshops and work experiences to help people with disabilities identify, and journey towards reaching their potentials for independent living, employment and volunteering.

April 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: The Build Charity

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  • Need


    People with disabilities have traditionally been recognised for what they "can't" do rather than what they "can" do and want to do. This project addresses that widely held perception often by themselves and by their carers, but also by employers and the community at large. It will addresses issues of low self-esteem, low confidence and low levels of aspiration by identifying opportunities for social, leisure and learning to encourage informed choice, personal planning and community involvement.


    This project will operate on two levels.

    Level one will be a generic social and leisure offer of community based activities, to include indoor and outdoor activities, cultural and heritage activities, single interests and small group activities.

    Level two will be a learning programme, delivering against the results of research conducted in 2015 which highlighted a range of learning and development needs to increase opportunities for employment, independent living and community integration.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To identify and confirm the "Golden aspirations" of a cohort of people with disabilities.


    » To bring together people aged 16-64, with disabilities to explore their aims and ambitions, conduct a reality check and agree personal route map.

    What success will look like

    Through the production, and monitoring of personalised route plans, and diaries, that are SMART in their design and application.

    Aim 2

    To support the making of informed choices, about social, leisure and learning opportunities


    » Providing activities that enhance opportunities for building confidence and self esteem towards greater independence and employability.

    What success will look like

    By providing, and monitoring take up of community based social, leisure and learning activities, through personal diaries, recording achievements, and learning from setbacks.

    Aim 3

    Providing opportunities for work experience, or volunteering in the local business community.


    » Matching the person's interest and aspiration to arrange visits, taster days and work-trials with local employers to gain mutual understanding of work

    What success will look like

    By logging the number of people, days and diary entries of candidates who use this project, and seeking pre and post placement perceptions of employer and potential employee

  • Impact


    The aim of this project is to raise aspiration for people with disabilities, and to inspire them, and those who support them, and those who could employ them, by showing them that a "Can do" attitude is prevalent when aspirations are considered, planned and realised. The long term changes should be that people with disabilities are better recognised for ability, over disability, more employers will actively consider opportunities, and more people with disabilities will seek work and volunteering


    There is a risk that aspirations are so low already that people will not come forward to join in this project, considering it "setting up to fail". We will demonstrate, through our own example that people with disabilities have, and do work, in employed roles, and volunteered as community activists, campaigning or supporting others.

    Additionally, people who could benefit from this programme are stuck in residential homes, or centres, through convenience, and may not be "released" to engage.


    A quarterly report will be produced showing activity over a three month period, supported by personal testimonies and case studies showing softer outcomes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £43,510

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,400 Project Management Staff 0.5 FTE with pension and NICs
      £10,530 Admin & finance support for bookings and banking
      £5,700 Premises overheads Accommodation and services plus venue hire
      £3,880 Volunteers Recruitment, training and expenses of supporters
  • Background


    This project will be based in Norwich, chosen for its accessibility by public transport, and concentration of facilities and potential employers. It will be delivered at times that compliment free, or discounted, travel for people with disabilities on public transport. It will however be marketed to people across rural, and urban Norfolk to attract those who live outside the city.


    The project will be aimed at people with a defined disability and aged between 16 and 64 years of age not currently in full time employment or volunteering of more than 16 hours per week. Priority will be given to people who currently live with family carers, residential care or supported living as these are people with the greatest need for independent community living. Family carers will also be beneficiaries, as this service will provide respite and longer term care solutions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The BUILD Charity has been providing a range of services for people with disabilities in Norfolk since 1967, and currently offers around 250 opportunities through around 3000 individual engagements each year around developing social lives. The Charity has experience of understanding need, has a local presence and a track record of delivering projects of this type with external funding, having previously run a partnership cafe and employability programme in 2015.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Kearns

    Programme Manager for the Charity's programmes and will be leading this programme and managing a team of volunteers to support engagement.

    Andy Rose

    Financial and administrative management