The 'Spring back' project works with adults with learning disabilities and socially isolated in an interactive cross arts programme to address practical solutions to key themes of resilience and assertiveness.
June 2017 - March 2018
Charity information: Access All Areas
With changes to day services, limited opportunities for post 25 year olds in Hackney to live full independent lives and 5.7% in employment, there are high levels of mental health issues. A recent external organisation evaluation stated parents/ carers saying that 80% believe our work decreases feelings of social isolation.
‘Spring Back’ will offer key resilience strategies to engage with people with learning disabilities that have limited opportunities and are the most marginalised in society.
Using the fictional experience of a learning disabled peer, the participants develop innovative ways of reflecting on and tackling issues in their own lives. The participants who are in role as his friends, experience key resilience techniques and then reflect on their own life and what support they each need to keep their lives in healthy balance. These are all added to their own personal circles of support plan with a long term dream focussed at the centre.
Ensure a wide marketing strategy for participants in Hackney
Activities» There are 5 stages to the project. An initial 3 ‘taster’ workshops to gauge interest from the community.
» A performance at the 2017 Big Do.
» Sessions: First group of 5 sessions, second group of 10 sessions and filming all scenes and uploading to websites to promote in the borough.
What success will look like
We aim to work with 20 participants with mild- moderate learning disabilities.
Develop a ‘Circle of Support’ for each of the Participants
Activities» Participants will work closely with our Access and Take Part Co-Ordinator.
» Through a specific intervention programme they will build circles of support with our internally referred participants from our programmes.
» This will have a lasting legacy for participants who will leave the project with individual strategies on the 8 stages through their own tailored ci
What success will look like
Through constant critical evaluation, we will monitor the progress of each of the participants with the relation to their personal support plans and circles of support group.
The project will mainly contribute to the building a stronger sense of community. We will provide a regular project in Hoxton Hall in the community that builds on the resident’s resilience and promotes active engagement with the community. Pooling circles of support together strengthens neighbourliness within the whole community and it will strengthen pride by engaging in a cultural community activity whilst also building their coping, resilience and confidence skills.
There is a risk that participants may not have family or friendships to build a network of support. To overcome this, our Access and Take Part Co-Ordinator would use links with community groups and befriending services to ensure the participant is signposted with continued follow-up of services.
The subject matter of resilience can be a difficult issue. This will be overcome by ensuring a smooth warm-up and slow transitions, thorough reflection and evaluation.
Donors will be invited to a sharing and celebration at the end of the project. We will also provide photos and evaluative feedback as well as sharing success stories on our website.
Budget - Project Cost: £15,955Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £4,200 Associate director (£28,000 plus NI /35 days) £2,200 Learning disabled Actor- facil (22 x £100 per day) £1,620 Access and Take Part co-ordina (£25,000 plus NI / 15 days) £3,285 Management Management, Office Running & Admin Costs £4,650 Other Costs Venue hire, Volunteers, Publicity
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Healthy Hackney £15,995 Conditional
Access all Areas are one of 10 learning disabled charities in Hackney and with 4,358 LD people living in the borough, only 453 are regularly supported by the council. We have been based in Hackney since 1976 and the only creative arts programme for LD people. Hackney Health and wellbeing survey states that 58% of LD adults are feeling anxious or depressed. A recent external organisation evaluation stated parents/ carers saying that 80% believe our work decreases feelings of social isolation.
20 participants with mild learning disabilities will gain skills in resilience and a long-term support with a ‘Circle of Support’.
Pooling circles of support together strengthens neighbourliness within the whole community and it will strengthen pride by engaging in a cultural community activity whilst also building their coping, resilience and confidence skills.
Access All Areas is a 40 year old Hackney based user led arts, health and well-being charity and have been at the forefront of innovative service design. We engage service users in the planning and delivery of all our projects and business planning. We run taster theatre workshops in the community. Last year we engaged 221 LD people in health and wellbeing programmes where 91% reported improvement in happiness, independence and communication.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Artistic Director of Access All Areas, Nick has been working in theatre for 12 years. He will work with the actors to create trigger scenes.
Associate Director of AAA and with 8 years facilitation experience, Ciara will lead this project using practiced and honed techniques.
A professional actor at the Paralympics, Casualty and Channel 4, with 12 years experience and an AAA trustee, he will co-facilitate the workshops.
With 5 years experience, Access and Take Part Coordinator, Lucy, will create person-centred support plans and circles of support for each participant