Our community connecting project evolves around one to one work but we also run groups that act as stepping stones into mainstream activities, training, education and/or employment.
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The purpose of the project is to develop ways through community connecting, of addressing some of the issues facing our members which may include a lack of confidence to go out and try new things, the fear of being ridiculed or bullied, which unfortunately is more likely to happen within this group. The lack of literacy or numeracy skills, which means that such activities as booking a cinema ticket, reading a menu, phoning for a taxi or getting on the right bus is a hurdle to be overcome as well as the lack of opportunity to meet like-minded people in a social setting To influence and change attitudes of existing members of mainstream clubs, groups and societies who may make the assumption that, adults with learning disabilities, should have their own clubs and activities rather than be included in a ‚Äònormal‚Äô community groups. Lastly the lack of opportunity to work in paid employment and to build up an informal network. These issues will be addressed by facilitating Person Centred planning work with individuals or in small groups to gain better knowledge of service user‚Äôs needs wants this work also highlights service users capacities thus developing confidence and self esteem. By recruiting volunteers using a variety of methods such as designing material for recruitment of volunteers, facilitating volunteer training, and organising an Open Day. Developing partnerships working with other community organisations to develop and improve services for people with learning disabilities within Perth & Kinross. Delivering training to community groups and organisations, providing learning, information, advice and support to enable them to be more inclusive Designing specific material to be used in group based activities. The Community Connecting project is invaluable to the daily activities at PUSH and the development of the local community. Community Connecting Co-ordinator salary (¬£21052) Contribution to running costs (venue, utilties, travel, volunteer costs etc) ¬£5024
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