Can Do supports young disabled people aged 16-35 to access diverse opportunities in IT, employment, training, education, volunteering, social action, health and well-being, culture, leisure and sports activities. Through Can Do, young disabled people are enhancing their life skills, gaining independence and the ability to make choices around the way they want to live.
Can Do breaks down the barriers that young disabled people face by creating a platform to explore personal interests, social development, training and life-skills, whilst enabling them to participate and engage with their local community.
We empower young individuals to gain confidence, self-reliance and valuable transferable skills to support them on their journeys towards independence. Funding will enable Can Do participants to provide high quality planting and other outdoor features to the garden areas, which will make the space more appealing and functional to the community.
What we'll deliver:
- Create Raised Planting areas, fit new benches and bird houses
- Replace flooring with astroturf, replace rotten decking with non slip boards
- Create artwork to enhance the areas
- For planters and other areas, include sensory plants for those who access the sensory room and have complex needs.
Why it's a great idea:
The Can Do participants will gain valuable volunteering experience, and demonstrate to the community that people with disabilities can take on meaningful volunteer roles and make a difference.
The skills and experiences gained on the project for our participants help support employability and foster a sense of personal achievement.
Can Do provides invaluable opportunities for young disabled people to:
• Learn new skills, develop existing skills and gain confidence
• Meet new people and develop friendships
• Gain experience in volunteering and learn ways to volunteer in the future
Funding would mean we can renew the space throughout and ensure the children and other users of the centre would have a garden which they can enjoy throughout the year and become truly involved by planting and seeing the flowers, herbs and other plants grow.
The space will be accessible for all community groups and charities within the centre to use and become a much valued space for all to enjoy.
Steps to get it done:
- Buying plants and equipment
- Digging and planting sensory garden plants
- Garden open event
- Creating artwork and birdhouses
We've managed to paint some of the space in the garden and add some small planters to tidy up the space but to really make the space more appealing and functional we need funds to support larger aspects of the work needed to truly make this a space everyone can enjoy. We have painted and added mosaic art to brighten the space but the astroturf flooring is in need of replacing as well as wanting to add a sensory planting area that can be enjoyed by all. You can view before and after photos in the gallery to see the progress we've been able to make, we'd love to fully makeover the space with your support to make it a truly amazing place for everyone to enjoy!