Small service providing people with learning difficulties exciting opportunities; In need of better facilities, new transport & equipment.
About the project
Branches is a small, independent day service providing individuals with learning difficulties an exciting, safe and creative environment to develop their skills and confidence.
Branches was established in 2010 after Jessica, it's founder, decided she wanted to do something about the lack of day opportunities for adults with learning difficulties in the local area. Working as a care worker for over ten years Jessica, with a passion for horticulture and all things creative, knew that she could provide opportunities which catered for individual needs and personalities rather than the rigidity of large group sessions. Consequently, Branches has continued to steadily attract people over the last 5 years with very few deciding to leave the close group of people that has built up over the years.
Branches which is not yet a registered charity, has managed to: establish a site where people can grow their own produce, care for small animals and restore furniture, amoungst other 'self-sufficient' activities; create networks with the local community which has meant access to the village hall to cook using their own produce, exercise and complete arts and crafts projects some of which is traded with a local shop; and organise many day trips and holidays so that people can experience independent living and new environments.
Branches runs with the help of four workers or volunteers who all work to make everyday new and exciting and fun. We also provide free transport to and from the various locations.
Due to the diverse nature of Branches, the high demand from people wanting to access it's services and the amount of use our vehicle, facilities and equipment get much of it as old as our group), we are in need of a cash injection so that our day opportunities can continue to reach-out and our guests can continue to 'branch-out'.
A huge thank you in advance for any support you can offer...