Community support

All of our support is tailored to the community in which we work. We make great use of existing resources in the area and connect people into them. This means better outcomes for the people we support and better value for money.  

We do not want to reinvent the wheel. Building independence is all about connecting people with their community and ensuring that they are sharing their skills for the benefit of their peers and the community itself. The more connected people are the less they rely on support. 

We create independence not reliance.  

Community support services aim to provide support to people to build those connections as well as build their own independence. 

Our community support services can support with: 

Support is provided through a combination of 1:1 support, group work and peer support.

Co-operative (ad)Venture in Oldham

Co-operative (ad)Venture is a course for people aged 16-30 with a learning disability or autism that we run with Co-operative College in Oldham. The course helps people to develop their skills and make connections with local businesses.

The college had started working with a small group of young people who wanted to form their own co-operative. 

We looked at how this could be done, by getting to know and understand the Co-operative values and how we could use them. 

 

Two people holding shopping bags with a woman in front taking the selfie. Everyone is wearing a mask.

The group worked really hard on developing their own co-operative and had a vote on who they would choose as their charity. They decided that they would like to support The Bread and Butter Thing, a charity that makes life more affordable for people on a low income. The group made contact to see what items The Bread and Butter Thing needed.

The group decided to make care packages and contacted several companies to see if they would like to be involved and make some donations. 

The group also decided that it would be nice to send a letter with the care packages to let people know that there are people out there who are thinking of them. 

We then collected the items and divided them up into six care packages and delivered them to The Bread and Butter Thing, who explained that they were going to go to the elderly who were on their own at Christmas and would be delivered via Age UK.

Find out more about the Co-operative (ad)Venture course and how you can join the next course.

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