Changing Directions is a self help group for disabled adults. We meet twice monthly either at venues in the city or at outings to places of local interest. On our outings we have a support worker or a volunteer to help with our more vulnerable members.
Members who do not have their own transport have to take it in turns to travel with those that do have vehicles.
We would use the funding to hire a coach to for an outing where we could all travel together and to help pay for an extra support worker.
Disabled people often feel isolated and may lack confidence in social situations due to the lack of opportunity to integrate themselves in the wider community away from their usual carers. Being members of a group such as Changing Directions enables disabled people to meet up with their peers regularly and share experiences and friendship they may otherwise not have. As a relatively small organisation members seem to gel better than they would than in a larger group. The following are some comments made by members in the past: ‘I look forward to meeting my friends when we meet at the pub.’ ‘It helps to share my problems and difficulties I have with other disabled people.’ ‘It’s nice to go out and not have to rely on my parents for help.’