We are a registered Scottish charity based in Glasgow which for over 17 years has supported vulnerable adults mainly with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health issues to live an independent life, safely, within their own homes and be fully involved within their local communities.
We have 21 Networks supporting members across the Central Belt of Scotland. The local authority areas we work in are Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, West Dumbarton, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, East Lothian and Midlothian.
The organisation has its roots firmly in the notion of the renewal of neighbourhoods and wider communities as places where people don’t just share the same streets but actively co-operate with each other for mutual advantage.
We employ 21 Community Living workers to support each Network. They live in the same communities as the members which mean they have localised knowledge of the area and the facilities available. Living nearby also means there is early recognition when life is becoming difficult for our members and crisis can be avoided. Crisis can be the threat of eviction, utilities disconnection, mental health issues, hate crimes etc. The support we deliver is responsive and flexible, available day, evening and weekends and is tailored to the individual needs of each of our members.
Our members are supported to develop their own personal growth plan which focuses on areas such as independent travel, money management, life skills, employment, building friendships and relationships. Our members are supported to understand and deal with their responsibilities as tenants and neighbours to ensure they are not at risk of losing their home. Members are encouraged to share life skills and offer support to other members within their own networks and also across the organisation.
The outcomes for our members are a better quality of life, they are safer, stronger, and able to live independently and they themselves are sharing these new skills with other vulnerable adults. Our members will be spending more time with friends than relying on paid support they will be less isolated and less likely to suffer the problems associated with isolation and loneliness. Together, we hope to break down barriers which often exist for people with disabilities. We hope to inspire people, create a feeling of acceptance and belonging, a sense of neighbourly involvement and to re-energise neighbourly connections.