Mid Dorset Mencap Group is an established local charity, run entirely by volunteers. We aim to improve the quality of life for local people with Learning Disabilities by raising funds to provide goods and services to support and benefit them, provide rest bite for their families and carers, over and above those provided by statutory authorities. … We would like to develop services with the objective to identify target clients particularly those with Learning disabilities that have more complex needs. We have demonstrated below how our project meets the requirements not only within the locality but also supports a much wider agenda for people with learning disabilities. An important element of our service is not only to our Service Users but also provides respite for Carers. …… The grant request will be used to pump prime and develop the services we offer to our Service Users for the West Dorset locality. It should also be recognized that national policy is geared towards the development of third sector charities like us to fill the void left through the rationalization of services driven through the government’s austerity programme. Typically, Mid Dorset Mencap will support applications that help people with Learning Disabilities to live independently and/or provide opportunities for leisure/recreation activities, well-being, life skills and occupation that would not be available otherwise. Our aim has been to provide a centrally situated community/resource centre where people with Learning Disabilities can meet informally to enjoy activities of everyday life, education and training, leisure and recreation and develop occupational skills. This has met a huge need in the area. On the 14th November 2014 the Mayor of Dorchester was pleased to open the first Mencap Charity shop and Service User Hub in Dorchester. This event was also well supported by local businesses including Wessex FM. The Charity shop, which is open to the public as well as providing revenue by Ebay shop sales. This has been set up by Mid Dorset Mencap to enable people with learning disabilities to learn basic vocational and life skills, in a safe environment, to interact with the general public and integrate within their local communities. This is in accordance with the current government legislation, and the objectives of the Royal National Mencap objectives (Mid Dorset Mencap Group are Affiliated to National Mencap) and Sir Stephen Bubbs NHS England report which Stated. ..”people with learning disabilities …are being failed by the government because they are often kept in institutions far from home for too long” BBC News UK 26th Nov 2014. We hope you share our passion in the development of this invaluable service for the local population and approve this grant application. We also welcome you to view our services and hope to work closely with the locality to continually raise our profile locally and hope you will assist us in the development of our Service User offering. We feel our application offers excellent value for money. Supports national and local priorities and supports the very recent report commissioned by the NHS to recognize the needs of people with
Learning Disabilities. This is an area which can be overlooked and it should be recognized that if not supported our clients can move into high dependency category and require large scale interventions by both health and Social Services. Our aim is to mitigate that risk for these organizations but providing this type of support for our Service Users. To add other services to those already being provided i.e the shop/resourse centre located in Dorchester, we would like to offer basic craft/self awareness courses, our present location is not suitable to accomodate the proposed service. We have in the past offered free taster sessions with demand being more then we could accomodate, we would like to expand this service by offering our clients more oppertunities, we are therfore orgainising a major fundraising event in September 2019 to not only celebrate our 10th anniversery but to raise funds to keep our shop and other oppertunities to those less fortunate then ourselfs with learning difficulties and those with special needs.