Help Support our Learning Disabled Community!

by COGS PREPARES 4 LIFE CIO in Burntwood, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Help Support our Learning Disabled Community!

Total raised £490

 
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+ est. £50.00
£3,600 target 30 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th July 2024 at 10:45am

Our project enables people with learning disabilities to learn life transferable skills that lead to a more enriched life and independence.

Project by COGS PREPARES 4 LIFE CIO

We are requesting support to help with the daily running costs of our charity. Rent is our biggest obstacle that we have to pay out. It would be lovely to secure our rent for 12 months = £3600.00 so that we could focus other income into the activities that we offer our service users and improve them to suit their needs.

 By being part of a working team, our service users feel that they are contributing to their community by growing and selling home grown plants and vegetables as well as bespoke woodwork items whilst gaining new skills within those subjects and discovering new potentials. We help individuals progress their skills at their own pace and offer guidance and support specifically suited to each individual.

Our main focus is gardening, where they learn the skills to maintain a garden ready for the day parents/carers are no longer around and they are living independently. This also includes growing edibles so they can understand where some of their food comes from. Maintaining their garden stops it from looking overgrown, leaving them vulnerable, as the property may look vacant, attracting vandalism and squatters.

The next focus is cooking skills, which is essential when living independently. We teach them how to cook simple, easy meals that can be replicated at home, often using the fruit and vegetables they have grown onsite, which is a healthier alternative to them eating microwave meals.

We then do woodwork activities, which introduces the skills needed for basic maintenance around a property. This includes using basic tools such as screwdrivers, tape measures, hammers and saws and painting skills. More confident service users can be trained in the use of power tools. 

Travel training consists of escorting service users on public transport, teaching them about timetables, recognising bus numbers, payments methods, and stopping the bus when at their destination. 

We do understand that not all of our service users will be capable of employment, so we concentrate on teaching these individuals the core skills that they will need in day to day life to enable them to be more independent and not so reliant on their parents/carers.

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