We are a local charity supporting people with learning disabilities / difficulties across the North of Tyne area, working with around 600 people, of all ages, each year. Our vision is that people with learning disabilities have the same rights, opportunities and quality of life as everyone else. Every person employed or who volunteers with us is committed to this vision, and our values reflect commitment to our mission of believing in every person we support.
Our work is about bringing people together. We aim to tackle isolation and the effects of loneliness by supporting people with three of the basics we feel are important to happiness and well-being:
Fun We organise a wide range of activities and events, many of which are free to access and are all about having a good time. This includes taking part in games, sport, dance, music performance, days / nights out, attending events and anything else based on what people tell us they want to do.
Friends We help people to develop and maintain friendship groups by organising activities, social groups and informal drop-in support to bring people together. We also help those needing one-to-one support to access their community and take part in everyday tasks and activities.
Feel-Good We support people with health appointments as well as activities that support positive physical and mental well-being. These include dance classes, music and singing, relaxed art and craft sessions, healthy cooking and eating and sport.
Our work has a significant impact on health and wellbeing. Later in 2019, we’ll be publishing our first ever Impact Report, where we intend to share with you examples of the outcomes of our work and the difference this has made to the lives of the many people we support.