Thanks to the support of City Bridge Trust, the charitable arm of the City of London Corporation, Share has been awarded £130,500 over three years to provide greater support to adults with learning disabilities.
This new funding will enable us to enhance our digital training programme, teaching people how to maximise technology to help them live more independently. We’ll help our students make use of the latest equipment and applications to complete everyday tasks like dealing with banks and utility companies and finding out how to get around using apps on smartphones. We’ll also continue to explore and develop the use of specialist apps that aid communication.
The grant will also help us develop our employability training and job coaching services. Job coaches help students develop the skills needed to move towards work and job placements. We’ll also help students take the steps needed to transition into independent living. We’ll continue to develop activities that allow expression and build confidence to ensure that the services we provide reflect the needs of those who attend Share.
Annie McDowall, Share’s Chief Executive Officer said, “Share is deeply grateful to City Bridge Trust. This grant will help people with learning disabilities, who may also have autism, to live more independently, through access to life skills and employability training. We will support them to move into voluntary and paid employment, and to transition into independent living. We’ll provide activities that promote self-advocacy and increase the level of choice and control that disabled people have over their lives.”