Southwell Care Project
SCP was founded in 1999 by a group of parents who were concerned about what would happen to their children with learning disabilities when they, the parents, were no longer able to look after them. In the last five years the charity has considerably widened the breadth of its activities and is now the largest non-statutory provider of day service in the County.The Project provides much needed support to adults with a wide range of learning disabilities including day service sessions, speech and language therapy, domiciliary care support, socials and holidays, befriending, independence & work training and accommodation provision.
The recent reduction in local authority support for adults with learning disability has substantially increased the demand for SCP’s service. In the last four years the Charity has increased the number of clients it supports six fold and increased the weekly hours of service it provides tenfold. With sustainable day centres called ‘Pods’ already established in Southwell and Newark, SCP is now opening their Mansfield Pod in autumn 2012. There is irrefutable evidence of a prevalence of learning disability in socially deprived areas and SCP is committed to developing their service in other such areas around the County.
SCP’s latest offering is ‘Flower Pod’, a unique social enterprise based at NTU Brackenhurst College cultivating and selling English grown cut flowers. Flower Pod will be accessible to learning disabled adults from every district in the County. Based around a ground breaking eco building, housing a classroom and workshop, the 2 acre site will accommodate up to 12 clients a day providing work training and opportunities to gain important independent living skills. There are various income streams to be gained from Flower Pod, and these are intended to provide a sustainable income for the charity.
SCP’s long held dream of building their own accommodation unit to provide a supported living environment to clients currently living with parents draws closer every year. There is a great need for this type of accommodation in rural areas where there are no statutory or commercial providers willing to build.
As the population of adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire approaches 25,000 by 2021, SCP is committed to ‘raising the bar’ for the quality of service provision for this under-represented vulnerable group.