Projects helps support young people with disabilities

  • Charity Sense, have set up a programme called Get Out There which helps young people with disabilities.

    GOT was originally commissioned by Cornwall county council following the government's Aiming High Policy to improve the lives of young people with disabilities. It has since grown into a model of good practise and transforming the lives of record numbers of young people with disabilities in Cornwall, reports the Guardian. /images/briefing/peoplecircle.jpg

    The scheme has become such a success that GOT Warwickshire and GOT Avon has been set up and there are also plans for similar schemes in Exeter, Bath and Cambridgeshire. The schemes will help young people who would otherwise have no social life outside of home or school.

    The group in Cornwall supports 32 young people through the help of volunteers and is led by the project coordinator Simon Allison who was a former intervener at a special needs school for young people with visual impairments. He set up the group after he became aware that visually impaired young people with multiple needs were often socially excluded at weekends.

    "We were initially given a year's funding from the local authority and the group took off because we could show it was changing lives," he says. "Since then we have grown and grown. Three years ago we formed GOT 18 plus, because we were aware there was nothing for young people after 18. Funding for that is through direct payments."

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