Project information

Bouncing Back

PPF wants to develop resilience - bouncing back - for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We all need resilience - and if you are marginalised and ignored, you need it even more, to deal with life's knocks, large or small. We'll run creative workshops to develop these essential skills.

January 2018 - April 2018

Charity information: Pembrokeshire People First

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  • Need


    So much training for people with learning disabilities/autism is fixed on practical skills - frying an egg, doing the laundry. But to live independently and successfully, you really need to know what to do when you fall out with your flatmate; when you hear a scary noise outside at 2am; when your email has been hacked and you've lost money; when you're just plain lonely. We want to work with people to develop emotional living skills.


    We'll use skilled facilitators and an engaging range of creative techniques, from visual arts to drama. We won't "sell" resilience - we'll provide great places that people want to get involved with and, in so doing, will develop their skills, form social networks, and develop real emotional intelligence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To run 12 1/2 day workshops using creative techniques to develop participants' resilience.


    » Creative workshops using drama, visual arts, music and movement

    What success will look like

    Baseline assessments and end of project evaluations

  • Impact


    We want to continue to track the participants (up to 30 per workshop) to demonstrate their ability to "bounce back" from everyday, real life knocks. We will keep in contact, and use this information to fine tune future projects and share good practice.


    Sometimes it is difficult for the vulnerable people we work with to "stay the course" in a project. We will work hard to engage and to encourage attendance, but we will be flexible and tailor workshops to individual needs (re-running sessions; changing days etc). We will also engage volunteers to work as mentors.


    We have a regular PPF newsletter. We'll also use facebook, Twitter and local media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200 resilience workshops Freelance facilitator fees
      £672 venue hire 12 sessions at local community centre
      £360 supervision senior staff to supervise and line manage facilitators
      £250 publicity easy read leaflets
      £250 communication telephone, letters etc to participants
      £750 running costs contribution to PPF costs inc payroll, consumables etc
      £400 materials for art projects
      £118 volunteer costs travel costs
  • Background


    The project will be run in Pembrokeshire, a rural community with poor infrastructure and transport links, higher than average unemployment and few opportunities for people with learning disabilities/autism.


    At least 30 people with learning disabilities and/or autism

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are recognised as the lead organisation for people with learning disabilities and/or autism in our area, the "go to" charity for this area, and one with 15 years' experience of working creatively, respectfully and inclusively. Most of all, we're member-led. This project comes from what our members have asked for, and every aspect of it will be guided by participants. We've got a great track record, and we're passionate about what we do.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Christopher Davies

    Line Manager/supervisor. Chris is an experienced project manager, qualified teacher, & someone who can pull together and enthuse participants & staff

    Anna Dunning

    Facilitator. Anna has 15+ years' experience of working with vulnerable participants using an engaging mix of creative techniques.

    Gareth Prentice

    Gareth is a key member of PPF, a young man with autism who will help us shape the project and engage participants.