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 and opportunities and plays a huge role in developing independence.
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.
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 on: Lisa.Pearce@orchardvaletrust.org.uk
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
Our Community Outreach Activities
Drop In Sessions
These are held in four local libraries:
Wells Library : Every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Shepton Mallet Library:Every Tuesday from 10:30am to 1pm
Cheddar Library: Every Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Crispin Centre: Every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm
The Drop In Sessions are for adults with learning disabilities to attend and to find out more about what is available in their local area.
This is also a great opportunity for people to share their interests and needs and for us to see how we can support adults with learning disabilities in the best way.
We book out the Roxy Cinema once a month to show anyone’s favourite film!
Adults, teens and children with learning disabilities are welcome as well as their friends family and support workers.
This is a great opportunity to all come together and take part in something fun and memorable – plus if you get in touch with your favourite film we will put it on!
Cinema showings are on the first Wednesday of every month – check out our Calendar for more info
Our Community Outreach Projects
Mindfulness and Wellbeing Project
Our most recent Community Project has focused on mindfulness and wellbeing.
The first day was launched at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury in its beautiful studio.
The day started with gentle breathing and Tai Chi delivered by Andy at Wushindo and after a short break everyone had gathered all the energy to engage in some fantastic Samba and Zumba with the amazing Denia where much laughter and some great dance moves took place.
The afternoon kicked off with calming yoga delivered in a fun way byWendy from Bruton Yoga and finished off with gentle relaxation therapies.
Comfy clothes and plenty of water was the order of the day, which was enjoyed by all, with smiling albeit tired faces.
To top it all off, many of the techniques learnt can be practised daily and will help in improving general health and wellbeing for adults with learning disabilities and their support workers alike!
The 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.
Your IT Now
We are currently developing a partnership with the incredible Your IT Now.
This means we will soon be able to offer workshops to adults with learning disabilities, on anything around IT.
From surfing the web safely, to using social media channels, it will cover all aspects of using the internet safely, building knowledge and awareness along the way.
Watch this space for more info!
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