Project information

Little Gate Farm

Supporting adults and children with learning disabilites. Providing work training and supported employment for adults with learning disabilities and autism. Providing a fully supported holiday club for children with disabilities in a rural farm setting.

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Charity information: Little Gate Farm

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  • Need

    Need

    Young adults with Learning Disabilities face challenges not faced by other young people. They are excluded from opportunities including education & employment. They face discrimination & abuse from people who do not understand their needs or abilities. At present only 6% of adults with Learning Disabilities are in paid employment in the UK. This statistic highlights the inequality that we are seeking to redress. There are very limited training & work opportunities available in our area.

    Solution

    We provide work training for adults with Learning disabilities. We then support them into paid employment and continue to support both the work trainee and the employer. We teach work related skills at the farm and then help translate these skills into the workplace.
    We raise aspirations of young people with learning disabilities and help manage expectations of local employers. We also provide valuable respite and quality holiday club provision for children with disabilties.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To place 12 work trainees into long term (6months or more) paid work in Hastings and Rother.


    Activities

    » We will provide training for adults with learning disabilities and allocate job coaches to support them in the work place.

    What success will look like

    We will measure the number of adults who gain paid employment throughout the year. Training and skills are measured against specific goal setting and objectives achieved


    Aim 2

    To start a Health and social care Apprenticeship pilot for 4 young people with a learning disability


    Activities

    » We will develop relationships with local healthcare providers and provide coaching and support for apprentices

    What success will look like

    We will measure the number of young people who enter the apprenticeship programme and record information about their experiences and learning. Employers will also provide feedback.


    Aim 3

    To deliver 400 respite holiday club (enrichment) days across the year for young rangers 8-19yrs.


    Activities

    » We will recruit local children with special needs and provide exciting, challenging, fun activities on designated days throughout the school holidays.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the numbers of children accessing the Holiday club. All children and parents/carers provide valuable feedback via questionnaires


  • Impact

    Impact

    We want to change the inequalities in the work place for adults with learning disabilities. We want to positively change the negative economic, health and social disadvantages that people with learning disabilities face. We want to increase adults and children's confidence, independence, mental well being, communication and work ethic. This is difficult to measure but we believe that it will be shown through monitoring against goals and changes in attitudes from the community.

    Risk

    We may not meet our aspirational targets of placing adults into sustainable paid work in the local community. We work towards achievable KPI’s (key performance indicators), which are assessed quarterly to ensure we are on target.
    Supported employment team’s KPI are set-their success is measured against them.
    Networks are nurtured to ensure ongoing performance.
    Best practice training and mentorship is prioritised.

    Reporting

    We will report on a regular basis how our project and fundraising is progressing. We aim to produce weekly updates via social media and email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,500 Work Training Providing work related training for 10 adults with Learning disabilities
      £10,000 Supported Employment Job coaching and supporting 10 adults with learning disabilities into paid work
      £6,500 Young Rangers Providing a holiday club and valuable respite days for 30 children with additional needs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Garfield Weston £20,000 Guaranteed
    LLoyds Invest £25,000 Guaranteed
    Children in Need £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Little Gate Farm is located in the heart of rural Sussex near Hastings and Rye. It is a 46 acre farm and we also have offices in Central Hastings.
    The areas which we serve, Hastings and Bexhill, are in the 10% most deprived in the UK and there are a in excess of 10,000 adults and children with learning disabilities located in the area.
    Little Gate Farm was established in 2013 to redress the inequalites that adults with learning disabilities face in everyday life.

    Beneficiaries

    Young adults with Learning Disabilities face challenges not faced by other young people. They are excluded from opportunities including education & employment. At present only 6% of adults with Learning Disabilities are in paid employment in the UK. This compares with 95% of the general population. There are very limited work and training opportunities available in our area. We want to help 80 people with learning disabilities learn the skills needed to find paid work in the local community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our CEO and Trustees are all experts in the fields of learning disability and education. They are connected by a real, lived understanding of the challenges faced by adults with learning disabilities. The committed team strive to deliver best practice and lead the way in supported employment in East Sussex. The team are members of BASE and have set up a county wide forum attended by other organisations and the Commissioner for Learning Disability for East Sussex.

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    People

    Andrea Randall Smith

    Andrea is the Lead in the Supported Employment Team. She liaises with employers, matches jobs to work trainees and coordinates the Job coaching. team

    Hannah Briers

    Hannah is the Head of Little Gate Farm and coordinates the work training projects at the Farm.

    Kate Barker

    Kate is the deputy head of Little Gate Farm and is in charge of the horticulture project including the market stall and gardening enterprises.

    Vicky Craggs

    Vicky runs our Young Rangers Club providing safe, supported, exciting and fun activities for children with additional needs during the holidays.