Issues experienced: Many young people who have a learning disability and/or autism will struggle in education, be this falling behind with academic work, having difficulties with peer relationships, or their unique learning style not being catered for. Often teachers don’t have the time or resources to give these young people the extra support that they need.
How we address this: The Equip programme works in partnership with local colleges to ensure that young people with a learning disability and/or autism are keeping up to speed with the curriculum and learning vital life skills. Equip also gives individuals a safe space to join in, socialise and form friendships. As part of this programme members can take part in activities like arts and crafts and creative media sessions, as well as other new interests. There’s also the chance for members to undertake a work experience placement, such as horticultural work at the Green Dragon Eco Farm, or retail work at Sainsbury’s. Here our members learn the skills required for working life and build the foundations for finding paid work in the future.