Frustration and isolation are everyday feelings for people with learning disabilities who have lost skills and opportunities to live their everyday lives post-Covid. Help us rebuild confidence and offer support to get out of the house, into the community, with opportunities to meet up with others
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1053319)
Easing of restrictions brought new challenges, as the world works differently now. There are lots of new rules to learn to be out and about safely in the community. Re-learning skills takes months of practice: shopping; using public transport safely; personal safety; talking to people you don’t know. Accessible, inclusive social opportunities are limited. Confidence is fragile: an impatient word from a member of the public derails months of support. It is often easier to choose isolation.
We are rebuilding our community support programmes, to include: • Opportunities for people to attend courses to rebuild their skills • Drop–In support groups for ad hoc advice • Providing accessible social activities with support to attend • Welfare Fund to pay for costs of travel, memberships of leisure centres and supported holidays • Volunteer and staff buddies to get out and about again
‘I felt sad during lockdown initially. I couldn’t go out for lunch at the weekend, I couldn’t see my friends and family. ‘I spoke to the staff and they helped me stay calm and get used to the change. I am feeling happier now as the staff have helped me get used to the change.
‘The people we support have been stripped of their routines and hobbies, often shielding away from their family and struggling to comprehend the threat of Covid. It has been a worrying, upsetting and challenging time. So they need our help more than ever to help them thrive in a post Covid world.’
‘The whole situation has made me feel a bit down but I have a book where I write down my feelings and talk them over with my support workers. ‘But now we can do more it is better, I have been to the Wildlife Park and Longdown Farm. I like the wolves at the wildlife park and I fed a cow at the farm'
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