Go Anywhere, Do Anything is an exciting venture that was launched in May 2014 to connect people with and without learning disabilities in shared social activities. It was originally funded for three years by the City of London Corporation's charity, the City Bridge Trust. The project received new funding in 2017 and is now funded until mid-2020 by the Henry Smith Charity, Mercers' Company, Merchant Taylors' Company, and the Hummingbird Charitable Trust.
Our brief is simple: to offer people with learning disabilities opportunities to Go Anywhere and Do Anything. We want to inspire people to have big dreams about adventure and exploration in and around London. We'd like to encourage people to try new things, from rollercoasters to rollerdiscos. We are interested in finding out what makes people happy, and then making it happen.
We believe that everybody has something to Share...maybe a hobby, a special place or a favourite band. We also think that life is better shared, and we want to promote opportunities for people to connect over common interests. Our members with learning disabilities have told us that they can find it difficult to pursue their interests and meet new people. We hope that connecting people through social buddying will create new networks and lots more opportunities to have fun.
Full reports for Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 highlight how this project has evolved, helping more and more people to get out and about. Our full project evaluation details the impact of this project and how it has helped to change lives, supporting more people towards independence and championing inclusion within communities and society as a whole.
This video gives you a little taster for what we got up to in 2016:
The project is supported by our team of Social Buddies who will be sharing their personal passion while helping others to experience everything London has to offer. If you are interested in volunteering, do get in touch and we'll let you know when our next round of recruitment will be.
The Go Anywhere, Do Anything project is open to anyone who attends Share and has a learning disability and/or autism. Click here to check out our latest schedule.
To find out more about Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project, please contact Elise Sorensen, Joseph Fitton or Leanne Wood on 020 7801 9825. You could also get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.