Project information

Follow Your Dreams LifeWise

LifeWise is a project bringing together youngsters with learning disabilities 18+ who are not in employment or education to partake in activities including Arts & Crafts, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Knowledge/Life Skills and Performing Arts.

January 2018 - December 2020

Charity information: Follow Your Dreams

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  • Need

    Need

    We believe that every young person has the right to maximise their potential. Far too often, children and young people with learning disabilities are instilled with the belief that they are limited in what they can achieve. This leaves them demotivated, afraid to try new things, trapped in their comfort zone.

    Solution

    The weekly programme will provide a series of planned new experiences designed to develop skills, instil self-confidence and to create a “can do” attitude within the young person. We want them to be confident, motivated to take the next step and instilled with the belief that they can make a useful contribution to society. Enrolment to the project will be free of charge, and no ongoing charges made to the service user.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We want to be able to measure demonstrable improvement


    Activities

    » We will evaluate every session and track individual progress and development through observations, social interaction questionnaires and interview.
    » With greater social interaction, we hope to tackle the problems associated with hate crime, bullying and mental health.
    » We will be harnessing community resources including businesses and individuals, utilising volunteers’ expertise in the topics we will be covering.
    » For young people to be engaged and enthused by the project, to feel a sense of self-worth, and gain new skills.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured on the progress of service users using value-added principles.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We recognise that individuals will have varying levels of ability and so we will be utilising a value-added system of evaluation to measure improvement during the programme. This programme will deliver a combination of key skills necessary to ignite a sense of independence.

    Risk

    Provision of one-to-one support for those young people with complex learning disabilities wishing to participate. We have run a small number of trial workshops to assess the risk, and make necessary improvements to the lesson plans.

    Reporting

    Report following every session and Annual Report

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,850

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 R&D Research and developing the project
      £20,000 Project Delivery Project delivery including mentorship of work experience (2 days x 100 weeks)
      £1,000 Materials Materials for workshops
      £500 Expenses Volunteers Expenses
      £750 Venue Hire Venue Hire charges
      £2,500 Transport Transport charges where necessary
      £3,100 Overheads Contribution

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lottery £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The project will be piloted in the RCT area of South Wales, with a view to expanding to our other areas of operation throughout the United Kingdom. We have a centre in Bristol which could easily facilitate this programme.

    Beneficiaries

    Young People with learning disabilities

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We will be harnessing community resources including businesses and individuals, utilising volunteers’ expertise in the topics we will be covering. From one social media post we have filled over 65% of the topics, with a wealth of knowledge and from a broad spectrum of the community – young, older, disabled and ethnic minorities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Vicky George

    Project Manager

£100

A LifeWise Workshop!

“I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO ENROLLING ON THE LIFE-WISE PROJECT. I REALLY ENJOY WORKING AT FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, AND FEEL VALUED. I AM EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO LEARN NEW SKILLS AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS FROM THE PROJECT”

Chloe