In order to support adults with learning disabilities to live life to the full, we want to ensure that the individuals we support and the local communities we work in thrive by working together.
Being a part of your local community is so important. It connects you to people, services
That is why we work hard to offer a range of activities and services running across the Mendip area and beyond, bringing together communities and engaging with adults with learning disabilities.
We currently offer a range of projects:
- Community Outreach Work
- IT Training
- Beyond Books
- Games Buddy Sessions
- Community Gardening Services
- Monthly Cinema Club
This is an area of our work that we are continually looking to grow and develop so if you have an idea, project or skills that you would like to share with us then please contact Lisa Pearce
Make sure you check out our Facebook Page. We are always updating out projects and finding new ways to connect with the community.
‘I love going to my job working on the Carnival, I meet lots of people and help in their charity work. When I’m in the Carnival it will bring lots of happiness to all the people watching’.Becky
With the opening of our Community Services, Orchard Vale Trust has developed a Community Gardening Project.
This project aims to benefit people with Learning Disabilities and people who are isolated, elderly or vulnerable in the community
The impact of social isolation and loneliness can manifest both mentally and physically. Shockingly, it can be compared to the impact of smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, 2015). If you are lonely, you’re more likely to have high blood pressure, a higher risk of the onset of disability, higher risk of dementia, depression and suicide.
We aim to use gardens as a safe space to bring these two isolated and vulnerable groups together. A gardening service, led by adults with learning disabilities, will be available to people in the community who are unable to care for their gardens themselves. This will enable people to socialise in their communities, gain practical skills and to engage with the environment.
The activities include garden assessments, garden maintenance, garden waste disposal, and planting, alongside befriending, socialising and building lasting friendships between all participants.
So if you struggle to look after your garden, maybe due to illness, disability or caring responsibilities, or know someone that does, Orchard Vale Trust will send a small team to come and sort all those difficult jobs.
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