Thursday, August 25, 2016

Not just Friday Night Live

Every Friday evening, between the hours of 5-9pm, Barnardos run a Pop-Up Café for young people aged between 17 and 25 with a learning disability and in transition to adulthood. See poster below.

It is based in Beehive Lane just along from the Harvester public house in the Uniting Friends “Out There” project at 92C Beehive Lane, IG4 5EG.

Here’s what Uniting Friends is all about
Uniting Friends was set up in 1996 as a social inclusion project within the borough to support adults with a learning disability to become more independent, more socially included and active citizens. This basic ethos is still the main principal of our work today.
All these years on, we still recognise that our success is down to the fact that we believe that everyone has something to offer and that all people have a right to feel valued as individuals. We have a fundamental belief in the rights in the choices that people have and make sure that people have the opportunity to understand and experience the things around them in order to make choices.
People with learning disabilities are one of the most socially excluded groups in society and Uniting Friends will continue to strive forward to ensure this group is included and represented in the community around us.
Uniting Friends is a user led service which ensures that adults with a learning disability take an active role in defining and running their own provision. The steering committee for example includes service user and carer representation, whilst others are involved in planning groups sharing their ideas and views at the many user forums.
The project has a membership base of over 250 people with up to 85 using the service weekly. It employs over 22 staff and has 10 volunteers that support the project in a variety of ways including administration and service provision. The project actively promotes employment for people with disabilities and directly employs 6 members of staff with a learning disability.

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