The LEAF Project (Learn, Engage, Achieve, Future) is an innovative project running across Merseyside working with adults with a learning disability. The project is a partnership between two leading organisations, Mencap Liverpool and Alternative Futures Group and supports people to engage with their community in any way they deem meaningful
So, what does the LEAF Project do?
The project supports people with a learning disability to access and participate in opportunities within their community. Currently, the opportunities people can access the LEAF Project for are:
- Social activities such as discos or coffee morning groups
- Activity groups such as arts and crafts or sport
- Volunteer work
- Referral to vocational pathways for people who want to explore paid employment
- Personal development courses such as courses to develop confidence or independence in the community
- Educational courses for learning new skills or gaining qualifications in a subject of interest
- Activity and resource packs for people living within services that support staff can facilitate such as Come Dine With Us events or card making
Who is the LEAF Project for?
The LEAF Project is for people with a learning disability, supported by Alternative Futures Group and/or Mencap Liverpool, living in Liverpool, Knowsley or Saint Helens.
Why does the LEAF Project exist?
The Project was created to enable people with a learning disability to have a greater presence in their community. Many people with a learning disability are socially isolated and excluded and by giving people the chance to be a part of their community, the project is challenging peoples perceptions of learning disability – not everyone with a learning disability is just a receiver of support, they can make equal and valued contributions to their community and make a true difference.
What else does the LEAF Project do?
Not only does the LEAF Project create opportunities for people with a learning disability, it is also working hard with the community to make opportunities more accessible. The Project Coordinator delivers FREE Learning Disability Awareness Training to organisations across Merseyside to raise awareness of learning disability, promote cultural change and offer communication and support tips and advice. The training also has additional modules looking at what to do if you want to take on a volunteer with a learning disability and also how to make information more accessible (by using EasyRead formats for example).
How can you get involved?
The LEAF Project is always looking to make new links with community organisations in Merseyside. If you are an organisation, charity, social enterprise or even business and work with people with a learning disability, the Coordinator would love to hear from you to explore ways people the project supports could be involved.
If you have not took the steps to include people with a learning disability, get in touch and access the training. The training can show you some simple ways to be more accessible and simple procedures to put in place to ensure people are supported in the best possible way
If you would like to refer someone to the Project please see the details below – although the Project is limited to working with people from Alternative Futures Group or Mencap Liverpool, if you do support someone with a learning disability that would benefit from the Project please contact the Coordinator or access resources and information on this site
Who do I contact?
For more information, to ask any questions or to be part of the LEAF Project please contact the Project Coordinator, Hailey Wood
LEAF Project Coordinator
Mencap Liverpool & Alternative Futures Group
Telephone:0151 707 8582
Mobile: 07914 716 322
All content on this blog is written by Hailey Wood, LEAF Project Coordinator