Reach Learning Disability

My Place

We are raising funds to enable 80 people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire to enjoy their right to a community life with increased confidence to their place in their local community as respected, active citizens with access to housing, services and facilities which respond to their needs.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1076318)

Campaign target

£25,000

Amount raised

£26,146

Donations

95

Championed by The Reed Foundation - UK

  • It’s so important for Oliver to have good access to local groups so he can mix with others, feel valued and know that he’s offering something to the community. It’s an activity he really looks forward to because it’s so sociable and fun.

    — Christine, Oliver's mum

  • At Reach Mansfield I felt confident because I got to meet new friends.The staff were nice and welcoming and made me feel included in the activities I wanted to do... I like to go out into the community and chat to new people. Reach put on concerts at the nearby college. I really enjoy taking part.

    — Haydn

  • Laura is now living an even more independent life and coming to Reach has helped her tremendously. She's gained so much by way of skills, friendship and confidence.

    — Steve, Laura's Dad

  • Grace has an incredible talent for flower arranging. She has progressed from arranging small jars of flowers to using her new skills to do the flowers for her village hall during Open Garden weekend. Her achievement shows how gaining skills and confidence opens up new opportunities to contribute.

    — Tracey Thurlow, Reach Flower Pod Client Services Lead

Situation

The right to a community life is a recognised human right. People with learning disabilities often tell us they feel separate from wider society, have little control over issues that affect them, and feel lonely and ignored. This obviously has a negative impact on people's emotional and physical wellbeing. People with learning disabilities tell us they want to feel valued as equal and active citizens, to feel connected to other local people, and to have a voice and place within their community.

Solution

Our expert tutors will offer courses to enable people with learning disabilities to gain the skills needed to live a more active life in their community.Participants will gain confidence in communicating with others through fun, bespoke activities at our centres in Mansfield, Newark, Southwell, our Flower Pod social enterprise and our cafe. Staff and participants will work with Reach colleagues and external contacts to create new opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be heard.