The purpose of the project is to help these young people overcome these barriers, focusing on health and wellbeing throughout.  We aim to do this by designing a training programme of weekly workshops for up to twelve young people with learning disabilities. 

The project will be piloted in the RCT area of South Wales, with a view to expanding to our other areas of operation throughout the United Kingdom.  We have a centre in Bristol which could easily facilitate this programme.

The weekly programme will provide a series of planned new experiences designed to develop skills, instil self-confidence and to create a “can do” attitude within the young person. (see Appendix 1 for full list of activities) It is intended that each session will be from 60 minutes to 1/2-day dependant on the time required to be completed.  We want them to be confident, motivated to take the next step and instilled with the belief that they can make a useful contribution to society. We recognise that individuals will have varying levels of ability and so we will be utilising a value-added system of evaluation to measure improvement during the programme.

Where suitable we would include work experience in the charity to supplement the programme particularly where employment or volunteering is the main objective for the individual concerned. In each session, we will introduce the youngsters to some related Makaton words or phrases - helping to build up their communication skills.

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