We wanted to say thanks to those of you who took the time to fill in our recent Away Day surveys and update you on the outcome of them. A total of 65 service users, families and sessional staff contributed and it was invaluable to have your feedback. We have split the top picks into those ideas that are longer term projects and those that could potentially happen more quickly. Long term projects will need a feasibility study to be completed as they have complex staffing and cost requirements and we must be certain that the benefits justify the investment before starting.
Most popular by a long way was the revamp of the Over 18s programme, starting with a pilot of the living skills programme. We are currently not running face to face services for Over 18s but we are nevertheless planning for how we can run the pilot once we feel it is safe to do so. We will also look at providing buddies for service users to help them acclimatise to new services.
The update of the garden and sensory rooms proved very popular choices and we will begin the detailed planning, costing and fundraising for these imminently. Another main focus will be to provide a living skills programme for our teenage service users that will help them transition to our adult groups.
Longer term, we will start feasibility studies for 3 projects: The provision of Personal Assistants, Training service users to be advocates for the charity and the Charity Shop. If these ideas prove to be viable then we will progress them later in the year and into 2022.
All of the ideas will stay on the list for consideration at the next Away Day in October 2021 and if you have any ideas that you’d like us to look at please do let us know by sending them to our chair of trustees Ramani Langley at [email protected]
We very much hope our service users, their families and staff will be willing to take another survey again for us late 2021 and continue to help us decide the future strategy for LinkAble.