Apr 18, 2019

VALUES expands to second base

Ribbon cutting at Danbury Gardens
Ribbon cutting at Danbury Gardens

We are now helping even more people with learning disabilities, with your help.

VALUES is proud to announce the opening of our second base, VALUES @ Danbury Gardens. Danbury Gardens is a retirement village with great communal facilities that we are making good use of. Our clients (and staff) are able to mix with the older people that live at Danbury Gardens, making for new relationships and a great atmosphere. The new site also allows us to add new types of sessions such as Boules (Boccia) and gardening, as well as additional sessions of some old favourites like English and maths and singing. The new site gives us the benefit of great accessible facilities, car parking and on site café.

To open the new service we had a launch party at the new venue on 10th April. Lots of clients, parents, social workers and other professionals came to welcome in the new VALUES room. There was a VALUES Quiz plus tea and cake! With such nice weather on the day we decided to go into the gardens for the ribbon cutting. We were given an example of one of the new sessions at Danbury Gardens with a performance by the singing group. The VALUES photography group came over from VAL to take photos of the party. We all had a great time and some of the clients decided they would like to swap over from VAL to the new site.

You can help us with making the new site really great by making a small (or large) donation to help us get all the equipment we need to make it like a second home for our clients. We need new work books for English and maths sessions, board games and Boccia equipment. We also need new mobility equipment to ensure that our clients who use wheelchairs get the same access to the service as their peers.

Many thanks for your continued support of VALUES, from all the staff, volunteers and of course the clients.

Nov 19, 2018

VALUES is 20 Years Old!

Happy birthday VALUES
Happy birthday VALUES

VALUES has been a part of Voluntary Action LeicesterShire for the past 20 years! The project started as a way to support people with a learning disability to volunteer. We would meet people on an individual basis and help them set up volunteering placements. We helped teach them how to use public transport to reach the placement and stayed with them, supporting them to learn their new role, for as long as they needed us.

Our 2 first volunteers to the project were David and Russel. They soon found roles and became friends. They are still on the project now and are still friends! However things have changed since then. David had a big success on our employment project. He was able to get paid part-time work at a local hotel, helping to clean the bedrooms and change the beds.

When a new way of paying called Personal Budgets came along we were able to help more people, like Ricky who lives in the county. Being part of the Personal Budgets trial meant that we could support people to do a broader range of activities, including social and leisure activities. We would go out and about a lot, as we still do, but we had one room available to do some activities indoors like arts and crafts. In time Russel and David moved onto a personal budget. They chose to vary what they do, still doing some volunteering (now independently) but also playing football, playing pool and doing drama sessions.

Now in 2018 we have 4 activities room and our kitchen. We now have 9 cooking groups a week! As well as Maths and English, arts and crafts and singing groups in our activity rooms we also use spaces at leisure centres, theatre, music studios and arts centre. We are out and about as much as possible, making good use of the local museums, swimming pools, cinema, pool hall, library and more. We currently have over 100 sessions a week and over 120 use the service every single week.

We are holding a party to celebrate 20 years of VALUES on Monday 17th December, 1-4pm here at VAL and you are all invited!

We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring!

VALUES Disco
VALUES Disco
VALUES Drama
VALUES Drama
David at King Power football tournament
David at King Power football tournament
VALUES Sponsored Walk
VALUES Sponsored Walk
Sanjay and jai cooking
Sanjay and jai cooking
Jun 22, 2018

Learning Disabilities Week 2018

VALUES Wonderful Clients
VALUES Wonderful Clients

This week at VALUES we have been celebrating Learning Disabilities week. We are using this opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic people we work with. Each of our clients is unique and brilliant in their own way, they try lots of new things with us and have a great time. We are always proud of how they succeed and give new things a go, while having fun with a smile on their face!

The first person we want to introduce you to is Jai. Like all our clients, Jai has a learning disability but he does not let this dampen his ambition. He comes to VALUES to get support to work towards employment. He has done some great work this year and completed his Level 2 Customer Service qualification. We asked him why he likes coming to VALUES, he said:

“I like coming to VALUES as I get to make friends. It’s important to get support as I’m looking for a job.”

The second person we are showcasing is Ameen. Ameen comes to VALUES to practice Maths, English and Computer skills. Ameen has done brilliantly in the last couple of months and has progressed really well, especially with his maths skills, and is now able to complete some of his work independently. Well Done Ameen! Here's what he had to say about VALUES:

“I doing maths as I like learning new things. I like coming to VALUES as it is fun and I make friends”

Preety has been enjoying being part of the VALUES drama groups for a couple of years now. Both groups always do a great job and put lots of energy into their shows and rehearsals. They do fantastically well at entertaining their friends and family. Preety said:

 “I like drama at VALUES as it helps me remember thing. The staff help me feel good and more confident”

 Thank you for your continued support of VALUES. It allows us to continue helping these amazing individuals plus over 100 others all with a learning disabilities.

Jai
Jai
Ameen
Ameen
VALUES Drama
VALUES Drama
 
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