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My Place Appeal

We want to enable people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire to learn how to make happier, healthier lives in their own community.

People with learning disabilities often tell us they feel they don’t belong to society, have little control over their own lives and don’t feel listened to.  They want to feel valued as equal and active citizens, to feel connected to their local community and to have a voice within that community.  The right to a community life is a recognised human right; being denied this right can lead to feelings of isolation and have a negative impact on the emotional and physical wellbeing of people with learning disabilities.

Risk factors for people with learning disabilities include:

  • Feeling separated from wider society
  • Having little control over issues that affect them
  • Feeling lonely and ignored.

At Reach, we have already made great progress in our work to support people with learning disabilities to participate in community life and to engage the wider community in the life of our centres. However, much of our community focused work is unfunded and there is still so much that could be done.

So we are raising funds to support 200+ people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire to feel confident to use their local facilities, take part in local events, and take their place in their community as active citizens. We have called our project ‘My Place’, emphasising the idea that we all have a right to a place in the community.

Proposed activities:

  • Run courses and activities to build confidence and self-esteem and enable clients to build communication skills
  • Offer one-to-one support to develop strategies to overcome barriers to inclusion in the community to be provided by Centre Managers with support from staff and volunteers.
  • Work with local groups and organisations to identify how they can facilitate greater participation in local services
  • Run Open Days and performances enabling members of the public to visit centres and hear from our clients about their lives, challenges, achievements and aspirations
  • Network with other community groups and clubs to explore potential for young people with learning disabilities to join in ‘mainstream’ activities
  • Develop our client forums so that clients can have a voice in the development and shaping of Reach’s services and local services
  • Run taster sessions at our centres for young people facing transition to adult services and considering their options for the future.

All activities will be delivered by trained Reach staff responding to needs identified by people with learning disabilities and their carers.

What success will look like

People with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire will better enjoy their right to a community life.

Local communities in Nottinghamshire will have increased empathy and respect for people with learning disabilities and will know how to make local facilities more accessible.

Reach will have greater capacity and resources to enable people with learning disabilities to participate and be heard.

Ultimately, people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire will have increased confidence to participate in local life and communicate their voice to the wider community – benefiting people with learning disabilities and society as a whole.

To help us achieve our objectives, support us with a pledge for the Big Give Christmas Challenge.