The Include Project

Include.org : So much more

We train, campaign, coproduce, sing, sign & smile to ensure everyone with a communication difficulty is included & understood. We quadrupled inclusive services for people with learning disabilities & autism and developed new training during Covid - with your help there is so much more to do in 2022!

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1177785)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£20,410

Donations

158

Championed by The Reed Foundation

    Categories

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

1 in 5 people in the UK has a communication difficulty, facing barriers to understanding others and/or expressing themselves. As an 'invisible' disability, there’s limited support. Pre-Covid, people were marginalised & excluded, with catastrophic consequences for mental & physical health. Now the situation is worse. People with learning disabilities were 6x more likely to die from Covid, in part, due to communication barriers & lack of recognition of the legal right to communication support.

Solution

We break down barriers by bringing people with & without communication needs together (in person & virtually) and up-skilling the whole community. We teach evidence-based inclusive communication skills such as Makaton signing, to health & care staff, so everyone is understood. We offer social & musical opportunities (like The Include Choir) which reduce isolation, raise awareness of rights & empower people with communication needs, giving them a voice - especially during Covid. And so much more!

  • Include helps us to help others…the singing and signing are really helpful when communicating with people who are non-verbal. We have a few people where I live who have brain injuries and are non-verbal and we can communicate with them.

    — Sarah - Include Choir Ambassador, signer and singer

  • The key is social inclusion and peer acceptance. I see how much pleasure the people I support get from the familiarity and predictability of seeing friends (whether it be in person, or via the numerous sessions set up on Zoom and Facebook Live).

    — James - support worker, signer and singer

  • We, as parents, are very grateful to Include for supporting and encouraging David over the difficult time we have all had over during the lockdown period. The Include Choir has also enabled David to show and develop his talents at singing and playing.

    — Steve - parent of David Include Choir singer and percussionist

  • I’ve learned new ways of communication that I’d never have thought of using & I've seen them actually work. I've learned hundreds of Makaton signs and the choir practice has them firmly lodged in my brain. I feel empowered to go to my work each day & meet the people I care for on their own levels.

    — Danni - support worker, signer and singer