Nov 7, 2016

A new challenge for you and Scott!

Send Scott on the adventure of his life
Send Scott on the adventure of his life

Can you believe its been a whole year since we started our first Crowd funding challenge, where you helped 12 VALUES clients experience a supported holiday with friends?

Well its time for a new challenge! We wanted you to be the first to know that we are starting to raise money for our 2017 holiday. This time we want to do something a bit different.

Scott has a learning disability and many health needs such as heart problems and joint problems. With several knee operations his movement is often limited and he often has to rely on his wheelchair. He’s not the only one who also faces mobility issues and physical disabilities as well as a learning disability. VALUES wants to be able to give people with disabilities the chance to experience the freedom of new ways of moving. That’s why we want to team up with the Calvert Trust to support them on a specialised supported activity holiday, giving them the chance try activities like sailing, climbing and riding.

The happiness and confidence this will bring them will be unparalleled and you can help them achieve that!

What can you do?

  • Donate again. You can give more people the pleasure that Binita, Craig, David and their friends experience from your last donation
  • Tell your friends. Challenge yourself to get 2 people to donate
  • Share on your social media

 Thank you for your continued commitment to helping such a deserving group of people!

Sep 30, 2016

You've helped improve Craig's family's dinner

Craig at VALUES cooking session
Craig at VALUES cooking session

This is Craig. Craig went on the VALUES holiday that you helped to fund.

 On holiday Craig was given his first chance to cook for himself and his friends. Helping make simple meals for the whole caravan gave Craig a great sense of purpose.

 “I loved learning to cook dinner for everyone on holiday. The best bit was watching other people enjoy the food I helped make” says Craig

 Since finding his love of cooking on the holiday Craig has joined a weekly cooking group led by VALUES and has been able to learn to cook some of his favourite dishes like quiche and enchiladas!

 “Now I have learnt to cook a few different things I help my mum to cook all the time. I’ve even been able to show her how to make a few things!” Craig boasts.

 At VALUES we have loved seeing people’s confidence grow after going on this special holiday. We are now starting to think how we can give this gift to even more of our clients and we are really looking forward to be able to announce our plans to you in the coming months.


Jul 1, 2016

VALUES changed Chanee's life

Chanee dancing
Chanee dancing

Learning Disabilities week has just passed and we have been celebrating friendships and relationships of people with learning disabilities who are part of our VALUES service. 

VALUES supports adults with learning disabilities by helping them make friends, become more independent and get the most of out life.  

“Everyone is friends here”

Life has changed a lot for VALUES client Chanee over the last few years. Learning to travel on her own, her first job, her first home on her own and whole load of new friendships.

Chanee goes to VALUES 4 days a week.

“I have made loads of friends are VALUES. Everyone is friends here, even the boys. I like walking, swimming, tea dance and drama.” Explains Chanee.

Opening doors to new opportunities

Aaron Keen, VALUES Executive manager, says “I have seen Chanee grow in confidence over the last few years. I think a lot of that is from doing drama at VALUES”.

Learning to travel on her own has opened up a new world for Chanee. VALUES taught Chanee how to use buses and the key routes she needed to get to her Activities. Chanee said:

“I like using the bus, it means I can go and see my friends and I feel more independent.”

Finding employment

Chanee has a paid job at Voluntary Action Leicestershire where she has made lots of new friends. “I clean up the tea cups and clean the kitchen” says Chanee.

“I often see her making a beeline for one of her daily chats with the VAL staff” explained VALUES manager Mikaela.

Chanee also volunteers in the hairdressers and the dining room at an older person’s home. Chanee isn’t the only one who enjoys the job. She explained saying:  

“They love me there, they say ‘don’t leave, you’re really good’ when I’m washing their hair”

“Since Chanee has been volunteering at VALUES she has become more positive and her confidence has grown immensely, she has learnt new skills and from this she now has her first paid job” said Cezett McIntosh, Chanee McIntosh’s mum.

A place of her own

Chanee has taken the massive step of moving out of the family home into her own flat where she receives a couple of hours support a day.

”I really like my flat, I don’t have to share the bathroom with anyone. I cried the first day when my mum left but I soon made friends and now we go on holiday together. We are going to the seaside next week. We also play ‘come dine with me’ and cook for each other in our flats." 


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