No limits Programme
To create a social and recreational programme of activities for young adults with severe learning disabilities, based in Mid Sussex
January 2010 - December 2014
A lack of social opportunity and contact for young adults 16+ with severe learning disabilities in their local community. These young people want to enjoy the same range of activities as any other but are not able to due to the extent of their disabilities. As they leave school they spend the majority of time at home with their parents and lose touch with their friends from school. They also often lose their abilities to intereact together in a social situation and become too dependant on family
By providing a varied programme of activities in the local area and wider afield where the young people are supported by experienced and qualified support staff, who encourage and guide them towards a fuller life with their peers. The activities are chosen, with support, by the young people themselves through our Youth Forum and additional ideas are suggested by staff and volunteers to widen their experience and confidence. They are taught life skills handling money and using public transport.
Young people with severe learning disabilities will have more control of their social life
Activities» By setting up a Youth Forum on which the young people will sit on a rota basis, giving others the opportunity to also feed in ideas and feedback
Success will be...30 young people will have participated in the Youth Forum by end of year 5
Young adults with SLD have a more varied social life, improved social competence and life skills
Activities» Recruit suitably trained and experienced staff to support and guide the young people in social situations and help with skills knowledge.
» To develop and deliver a wide range of social, sporting and leisure activities in the local community to widen their experience and social skills.
Success will be...50 young people will have a more varied social and 30 will have improved social competence and life skills by the end of year 5
Young adults with SLD lead more healthy lives
Activities» Provide support for young people to access mainstream sports activities in the local community.
» To provide tailored sports activities appropriate to needs of our service users.
Success will be...30 young people lead more healthy lives by participating in sports activities
Local organisations will be able to provide enhanced leisure facilities for young people with SLD
Activities» Building partnerships with local organisations and the District Council
Success will be...10 local agencies being able to provide enhanced leisure facilities for Young people with severe learning disabilities.
Our project benefits the mental and emotional health of our user group as we work towards developing their confidence and self esteem as individuals and help to show them what they are capable of achieving given the right opportunity. None of these young people are ever going to live a totally independent life but they need the encouragement and opportunity to gain the required skills and competences to reach their full potential.
Our biggest risk is possible lack of funding as this is an expenive project to run due to high support staff needs. Our fundraising strategy is to spread our funding amongst a range of funders so that we are not dependant on one or two.
Through reports, newsletters and our website.
Budget - Project Cost: £79,175Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £55,925 Salaries Management, admin and support £6,000 Activities Tickets for venues £3,575 Rent Office £2,500 Transport Minibus Insurance/maintenance/fuel £1,750 Training/expenses For staff and volunteers £3,500 Admin Stamps/postage/stationery £2,500 Sales & Marketing Advertising/publications/newsletters £1,500 Equipment Office £1,925 Other Recruitment/Insurance
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Big Lottery £26,682 Guaranteed
We are based in Mid Sussex but the young people access activities and venues throughout sussex and occassionally have trips as far as london.
The young adults all have severe learning disabilities, many with additional behavioural, physical or sensory problems, some with Autism and ADHD, and need a high level of support.
The benefits will also be considerable for their family carers because the young people are learning new skills and competences, and will be more fulfilled and happy in their lives in general which makes for a happier family life!
Kangaroos have been providing recreational activities for these children and young people in our area for over sixteen years and are confident that we can deliver this project; we know our user group, are engaged with them and can develop services with their full participation.
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Mandy is our Treasurer but is also the visionary who initiated and drove this project from a vague idea in the summer of 2008 to its fulfillment.