Hi my name is Vanessa I am a member of the drop in committee I would like to welcome Oliver Mills here today We started Our Drop in April 2006 We are open On a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm Working in Partnership • This is proving to be a good piece of partnership working Thanet DOC Union Church Thanet Mencap Solutions Training Ltd Mission Statement A welcoming safe place run by people with learning disabilities who make the decisions To meet friends, have fun, Take part in activities, Learn new skills and, get information and advice to help with living in the community Our Principles Rights: • People may need help and support to express their opinions. Independence: • People may need support to increase their independence. Choice: • Everyone should be able to make choices Inclusion: • Helping people to do things and make use of community You can drop in • for a drink or snack • information or advice • to meet people/make friends You can • Plan activities with friends • Get some work experience in the kitchen We have got computers to use the internet on We have an information and advice help desk you can speak to someone in private You can get information, advice on, or help to • Read a letter • Fill in a form • Find a job ( what to do where to go) • Go to college (how to apply for courses) This year We are going to have more helps desks, From: • Housing officers • Benefits officers • Citizens advice • Advice on health issues • Help with communicating • Information about things that are going We have a drop in advocacy service • To help us with speaking up • And help to do person centred plans We have put together • A statement of purpose • A leaflet • A manual with procedures We have community police officer them runs a weekly helpdesk How many people have dropped in? • Between 30 and 50 people visit daily What has been happening? • Healthy living workshops to learn about healthy food and exercise • Safe ways to move furniture workshop • Kent supported employment workshop to find out what support there is to get a job We have had training in • Food hygiene • First aid • Computers/website building We are Going to Butlins in June this year. There will be about 25 of us going. The drop in has given us more confidence to do more things out of the area We have committee who meet weekly • We take turns to chair the meeting an make the decisions We have received funding from • Awards for all • District Partnership Group • Safer Communities funds Stay in good health • A ‘Health matters’ group for health advice What we want to do • Set up a social firm so people can get paid for working in the kitchen • Set up an job agency in partnership with the local Job Centre and the College More partnerships • Ongoing developments and be included • Visit residential homes to help people speak up Provide voluntary Support to older people and a befriending service What else • Safer Communities, hate crime DVD • Working with schools, public transport and local police We had • Christmas Day at the drop in. We did this because of a lot of people would have been on their own. And more • To have a drop in Centre in Ramsgate The Drop In Has brought everyone in Thanet together. Instead of having all difference services we have become one big team It has • It has promoted our independence, choice, rights and inclusion in our local community Thank you We hope you enjoyed our presentation Have you got any questions?
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