We are a Nottinghamshire charity supporting people with learning disabilities to live happier, healthier lives in their community. As elsewhere, people with learning disabilities in our county face a higher than average risk of poor health, loneliness and social isolation.
Our centres Reach Southwell, Reach Newark, Reach Mansfield, Flower Pod and Reach Cafe play a vital role in enabling people with learning disabilities to enjoy a better quality of life in their own community. We do this by offering diverse courses, social activities, twice-yearly holidays and by running best practice projects to find new solutions to problems. We also offer quality one-to-one care support through Reach Learning Disability Care CIC (rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission).
Covid-19: even though our centres must remain closed for now, we continue to support people with learning disabilities and their families. Our crisis response support includes interactive online socials and courses, telephone welfare calls, distribution of activity and welfare packs, help to source vital supplies and support to trouble-shoot problems.
The pandemic and lockdown present particular challenges to people with learning disabilities and their families. Some are facing crisis situations. To meet this urgent need our expert staff are trialling safe ways to use our centres to support people at risk. All activity is thoroughly risk assessed by senior managers and complies with latest government guidelines on supporting people with learning disabilities and autism. Our Reach Care staff continue to support people with learning disabilities on a one-to-one basis in their homes; we work closely with Nottinghamshire County Council and other agencies to co-ordinate our activities, ensuring that all recommended hygiene and safety practice is observed.