HOW WE WORK
Activities are organised by member volunteers and friends. The emphasis is on empowerment and involvement for adults 18+ who experience physical disabilities. Together member volunteers initiate projects and focus on gaining skills, knowledge and confidence so projects can continue beyond grant funding.
Peer-to-peer support by member volunteers encourages and supports new members to initiate their own voluntary work-like projects that can become self-sustaining and useful in the community, for example: a community cafe; managing bookings for the historic Westgate Chapel; IT training for disabled people; the Chapel Cafe coffee shop, running an Online Radio station - as well as many events and creative activities. Member volunteers may then choose to move on to being self-employed or look for part-time or full-time work in the job market.
do not take placements, referrals or provide services. Nor do we offer care provision or bought activities. Potential members need to come to base at Westgate and begin to take part in a workshop, group or project. They can then contribute and in due course become a volunteer member and part of the project.
must have a physical disability: we define disability as a condition that prevents a person from living the life they might ordinarily, and reasonably, have expected to have lIved.