Community

In 2017/18, we will:

  • pilot our approach to community hubs in Scotland and commence the roll out across the UK
  • test a new regional fundraising model
  • develop partnerships with local disability groups to collaborate in service provision

We will build on our heritage of social care services and expand our activity to become community and person centric. We will establish a network of community hubs in coalition with local organisations.

Our hubs will include a locally appropriate mix of:

  • modern supported living environments, residential acute need and transition support centres
  • social enterprise including opportunities for volunteering and employment
  • community partnerships to enable activities and fundraising

We will also develop virtual communities to provide wide-ranging peer support.

Wendy's story

Wendy in the gardenBell’s Piece in Farnham, Surrey, has grown from a residential care home for adults with learning disabilities into an inspirational social enterprise and community hub.

We have a dedicated horticulture centre, arts and crafts centre, training kitchen, and shop, offering a wide range of practical and leisure activities for disabled people like Wendy.

Wendy has been one of our residents for some years and has seen a lot of changes at Bell’s Piece since she moved in, but one thing that’s remained constant is the variety of activities she can choose to take part in.

Wendy loves gardening, singing, dancing and socialising.

‘I like gardening. We grow strawberries, potatoes, carrots, mangetout, and lots of rhubarb! We have a stall every Wednesday at The Maltings in Farnham, where we sell what we grow.

‘I like to work in our shop, where I add up the money with a member of staff — I like money management! People come in from the day services, and some come in from the town. Sometimes it gets really busy. It’s brilliant.’

— Wendy