Participating Project

Project information

Finding Voices - on the move

To purchase a minibus as a "vehicle" to access education and enhance adults communication by engaging students further by accessing community events/ activities.The presence of a minibus will allow access to a new world for clients with speech and communication difficulties to interact on the move

six months to purchase

Charity information: Find A Voice

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  • Need

    Need

    Communication continues to be a barrier for them to enhance their life prospects through work and becoming more independent in their everyday lives. The capital required is to physically move the service on further and purchase a minibus where there is a need to increase access to services for new and existing users and improve the quality and range of services the charity offers to clients across the county. The absence of a minibus the service is restricted to the centre.

    Solution

    With access to a minibus which is wheelchair accessible, this will allow access to a wider number of clients with the support of the learning coordinators to provide more confidence such as going shopping as a group, ordering a coffee from the local cafe etc. These are essential building blocks to improve their social skills in order to integrate adults with disabilities further into the community, skills that cannot be learnt within the four walls of our centre.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Clients access local attractions to improve their communication, confidence and mental wellbeing

    Activities

    » Access everyday facilities including cafes, shopping on a weekly basis to enable the learning coordinators to work on a 1:1 basis or within groups
    » Utilise the vehicle for one off events for clients to attend - pantomines, zoo, cinemas etc to improve confidence and self esteem.

    Learning plans that the learning coordinators regualry update for each client. Measures a variety of skills and competences the client improves on and needs more work on.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Clients become more independent in their living, they are able to access employment opportunities as they become more confidence in social settings. Demonstrate by illustrating the number of clients who access work, able to attend events that they might not have been able to prior to previously. In the longterm we look to have more clients accessing our services and activities, without the minibus we cannot cater for more individuals accessing our service do to the size of our centre.

    Risk

    Access to qualified minibus drivers. We have access to a number of staff members that can access the bus as well as volunteers at our centre. We have a safe location to park the minibus as full access to a driveway.

    Reporting

    Newsletter, e:mail updates, impact reports, case studies where the project has influenced a clients mental wellbeing and confidence.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Minibus Purchase of a minibus
  • Background

    Location

    We are located at a central location in Kent in Ashford. Our charity has been existent for twenty years and we serve all of the Kent area with our outreach project where the minibus will also get use to deliver equipment to disability groups and schools across Kent. The demographic of our clients is children from birth to young adults in the main. We also have older individuals access our outreach services

    Beneficiaries

    The charity has achieved 20 years supporting individuals and groups who have severe speech, language or communication difficulties, with ACC support. Our service is mainly accessible to young adults 18+ with a range of disabilities access to support where no state provision towards enhancing or providing regular educational or potential career opportunities to these young adults. Children with communication needs also access our outreach services accessing specialised equipment

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Established for twenty years, we have a strong and experienced set of trustees with far reaching experience.The majority of our students are “not in education or employment” (NEET) where they are disadvantaged due to their communication difficulties. A high number of our students go onto employment and gain promotion at work due to our intervention. There is no other service in Kent that provides outreach and have expensive specialised equipmet we can transport to clients.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Debbie Burden

    General Manager

    Joshua Coleman

    Chair of trustees

    Sarah

    Learning Coordinator