In 2019 we launched My Community and Me, an independent living skills course based mainly in the community rather than in a classroom setting. It helps people with learning disabilities live purposeful and meaningful lives. They're able to build connections with those around them and develop the confidence to better experience life as a citizen in the local community. Students learn valuable skills about how to:
- use public transport
- stay healthy
- go shopping and use money
- access local services
- use mobiles, tablets and apps
- make friends
- stay happy, calm and relaxed
The project is user led - students complete regular surveys to track progress. Alongside information gathered as part of our student star and individual goal setting, this ensures that learning is tailored to the needs of the group.
Learning is practical - being community based students are learning in real-life settings. Meeting new people in new environments helps to build independence and confidence.
Strong links with home - regular feedback to parents and carers helps embed learning outside of Share in home settings. Parents and carers also complete surveys to track change and identify key priority areas.
Builds community awareness - we build connections with many organisations and work closely with them to provide feedback on their services. This helps shape our local community and improve access for people with disabilities.
"We went to the dentist. Cleaning teeth. Chris had his teeth cleaned. Fillings. The dentist puts on a mask and gloves. It was a good trip. Eating - no chocolate, no crisps - eat banana and water - healthy!"
"(You can go to the pharmacy if) you have a sore in your mouth or a bad cough or if you have a bad back or itchy eye. You can buy toothpaste and deodorant."
For more information on the course please contact Jenny Bourlet, Share's Health and Community Manager on 020 7801 9813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.