Towards the end of 2017 we set aside some time to think long and hard about what Share's priorities would be in the next few years. We were greatly helped by a consultant, Lindsay Hodgson, whose time was paid for by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Working with Lindsay we developed our Theory of Change. We started by looking at what difference in the world we wanted our work at Share to make, which helped us to set ourselves some clear goals. Then we identified the main activities we'd be doing to make that difference. Over the next few weeks, we'll be making sure that everything we do is geared towards achieving our goals, and we'll be developing our plans for new activities.
So what conclusions did we come to? Based on feedback from our students, parents and carers, and the professionals who refer people to us, we knew that independence, health and wellbeing, and employment were all really important, especially for our students with learning disabilities. Our overarching aim is to have a world in which disabled people are socially and economically included in society. To get there, we need to:
- Reduce health inequalities;
- Give people the skills they need to have choice and control in their lives and as much independence as possible;
- Make sure that the support is there for people to enjoy arts, sports and leisure activities in the same way as anyone else;
- Create opportunities for people to get jobs and earn money.
We're really excited about developing a new and improved programme, so watch this space!
If you're a parent or carer, there's an opportunity for you to find out more about our Theory of Change and other aspects of our work at our regular parents/carers' meetings, the first of which takes place on 24th January, 11.00am to 12.30pm.