Helps Rotherham Council develop a range of community options for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

Started with a taster programme which enabled people who attend day centres to try different activities.  Also supports the development of community enterprises and positive work with Council managers to increase the take up and creative use of Direct Payments. As a result of the first part of the project, people now have a huge range of community options to choose from helping them to have fun, make new friends, contribute to their community and gain volunteering and work experience.

A ‘Meet Up’ event was organised at the end of the first phase of the project to bring enterprises, carers and professionals together – find out more about the outcomes of the event here.

The project is now in the second phase and is focussing on the skills and passions of people with a learning disability, helping them to to set up their own groups and ventures – we are calling this phase ‘The People Can Project’.

The enterprise leaders in Rotherham and staff here within adult social care are very lucky to have someone like you at the helm. I have and continue to appreciate what you have achieved. I’ve seen you take newbie services and help them to develop to a point where my trust in them has grown. This was as a direct result of your intervention and guidance. Your efforts have helped to change the culture and concept of care in Rotherham and its made our role as reviewer so much easier as a result.

Phillip Layfield – Reviewing Officer

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