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Community Prospects Student Awards

“Students, proud to receive the awards they had worked so hard for and parents and carers so thrilled to see their success.”

What was a quiet classroom in the morning then became a presentation suite in the afternoon, buzzing with excitement, expectation and eagerness. Students, eyes wide with anticipation, parents and carers faces full of pride. It was Student Awards afternoon!!

It’s a joy to see that accomplishment means so much to the students, especially as a number of them had been convinced that their learning difficulty/disability would mean they couldn’t achieve a City and Guilds qualification. There were certificates achieved by everyone at the student awards celebration – no losers, all winners.

Community Prospects Student Awards

Woodcraft, furniture restoration, cycle maintenance, model building, as well as arts and crafts, are all available at Community Prospects CIC Limited. Our not for profit company is where all these students continue to learn, continue to grow and continue to enjoy positive outcomes. All the hard work put in, great support staff and a few gentle words of encouragement had all accumulated to this – a wonderful celebration of success.

It’s so good to see the expressions of satisfaction on the faces of students, their parents and carers. It’s amazing to feel the positive energy in the room and it’s wonderful to know you can live and learn for a brighter future.

The applause as students came up to receive their certificates was wonderful. A special heartfelt thank you to both the volunteers (most of whom are ex-students on a pathway to possible work placements) and a proud team of staff.

Now to that serious challenge – so many delicious looking cakes, all homemade by students from our Tamworth hub, to be devoured with fresh coffee and tea.

Come and sample the practical learning in a relaxed and engaging workshop by visiting www.communityprospects.org.uk or call Admissions / Transitions on 0121 308 6555.

Model Maker’s Dream Comes True – Here’s How

It was just over 40 years ago, as a child, Michael was unfortunately involved in a road traffic accident.  A road traffic accident that changed his life forever, resulting in Michael acquiring a learning difficulty and later on, some mental health challenges.

These changes caused Michael some difficulties as he grew into an adult. However, he has always done his level best to support himself through various jobs. For enjoyment, he helped as a volunteer, in the regeneration of Birmingham’s canals.

It’s during this time he developed a passion for working with wood and building models. It was his passion for working with wood that drew him to Care First’s wood working group some 18 months ago.

Initially, Michael was very quiet, much happier in his own space. Although not initially keen on working with other students, Michael was clearly very at-home working with wood.

How Community Prospects has helped Michael

Unfortunately, the funding for free courses changed a few years ago. This is a change that affected a lot of adults like Michael. It’s this impact that spurred Care First’s directors to set up a brand new ‘not for profit’ business called Community Prospects CIC Limited.

This new venture gives adults like Michael, who have a learning difficulty and can be challenged by mental health, an opportunity to develop their skills, be part of something positive and make a contribution to the community.

As Community Prospects gained momentum and places started to be taken, Michael was fortunate to get some help and gain a place.  With Community Prospects being a start-up business with greater flexibility, it was able to help Michael realise a dream.

You’ll see him below in his workshop with some of the models he has produced for sale. In fact, they’ve become so popular an order book has been started to make sure everything is made to order.

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You can’t start to imagine the positive impact, the calming influence and the self-esteem boost that this has given Michael.  He’s a friendlier and happier person and now invites fellow students into his space to work alongside him.

Come and find out more about Community Prospects, take a look at how we help adults with learning difficulties/disabilities to move their lives for forward. Either call Admissions / Transitions Team on 0121 308 6555 or visit www.communityprospects.org.uk.

Community Prospects CIC Limited – Why Did This New Day Provision Come Into Being?

“Brand new not for profit organisation established to offer vocational training placements to adults with learning disabilities”

The continued reduction in College courses for adults with learning disabilities / difficulties, brain injury, mental health or autism has led to the creation of this new ‘not for profit’ community interest company (CIC).

To thwart some of the impact of continually reducing learning opportunities, the directors of Care First Limited have launched a social enterprise based day provision via a brand new ‘not for profit’ community interest company (CIC) called Community Prospects CIC Limited.

Having witnessed, on many occasions over the past 20 years, adults who learn differently enjoying greater independence, their lives benefiting from improved health and wellbeing and seeing them experiencing more life choices, the directors of Care First Limited decided to establish Community Prospects CIC

“It is our belief that, adults who learn differently can enjoy; greater independence, improved health and wellbeing and many more life choices as well as make massive strides forward with their lives. They achieve outcomes they and their carers initially thought were beyond them” says Neil Thorogood Director of Finance and Business Development.

Chris Winter CEO adds, “With patience, belief and guidance, everybody can learn, everybody can participate and everybody can contribute to making this world a better place.”

Community Prospects CIC Limited’s focus will be on encouraging service users to be more independent by:

  • conquering disbeliefs through moments of triumph
  • turning a can’t do attitude into a can do belief
  • fulfilling greater life choices through increased confidence
  • enjoying greater wellbeing by completing tasks and projects

How do we do this?

By using our 20 years of experience gained delivering  practical and engaging learning opportunities in bite sized chunks that interest and encourage the learner, allowing them to learn at their own pace in a non-academic way.

To learn more about what’s available, where we are based and who it’s suitable for, please visit

www.communityprospects.org.uk.

Thank you.

Community Prospects CIC Christmas Closing Dates

After an exciting year for our day provision, the Community Prospects CIC breaks up for Christmas on Thursday the 22nd December.

We will return in the New Year on Tuesday the 3rd of January, so if you feel that we can help the adult you care for to enjoy life more and benefit from new experiences, request your free no obligation information pack here.

To read more about the Community Prospects CIC and learn about our students and the benefits of the activities they engage in, visit our blog page.

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Brand Spanking New Day Provision is Cranking Up Some Astonishing Student Activity

Right now, nature is getting ready for winter and Community Prospects CIC students are beavering away creating insect hotels and hedgehog homes on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

You get a great looking product that helps nature beat the winter challenge and the students get that wonderful sense of satisfaction as well as learning some new problem solving, communication and safe working skills.  To order yours call Del on 0121 358 8164.

As autumn gradually fades into winter, our roads get dirtier and dirtier; something that Community Prospects students are just relishing because Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are all about car valeting – dirty cars in and squeaky clean cars out.

It takes some careful teamwork to get the inside hoovered, the outside washed and then the whole car finished ready for its proud owner to drive away, especially now word has got out and there’s a queue!  But it’s not just about teamwork – there’s some careful planning, some cleaning products procurement involved and lots of team communication.

It’s turning into a fun week, so far nature has been given a helping hand, cars have been washed and there’s still half a week left.

“I like coming here because it’s exciting and it’s something good to do” says Craig S.

Nick H exclaims “I love it!”.

Glendon T says “It’s helped me to concentrate and get on with other people better”.

Now in the other half of the week there’s furniture restoration, personal development sessions, cycle maintenance and some craft and design and there’s more to come!

 

 

George B says “It’s encouraged me to express myself”.

“It’s helped my confidence” says Natalie Samantha W.

Sintero C expains “It helps me take my mind away from problems I may have elsewhere”.

To see what you or the adult you care for could be doing, just call Admissions / Transitions Team directly on 0121 308 6555 or visit www.communityprospects.org.uk.

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Community Prospects CIC Up Running and in Action

 

New Day Provision launched!

Such is the popularity of our vocational learning for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, places for our week day provision workshops are now growing scarce. It’s incredible, but 73 of the 100 available places have been filled within only 6 weeks.

Community Prospects CIC Limited is a brand new ‘not for profit’ organisation that’s been formed to create 100 vocational learning places for adults aged 16+ with a learning difficulty, learning disability, brain injury, mental health illness or autism (adults who learn differently).

Community ProspectsIts aim is to offer an alternative brought about by big funding reductions which continually reduce vocation learning/day provision available for adults who learn differently. These cuts continually take away their chance to enjoy great independence in life, improved wellbeing and more life choices.

Neil Thorogood, Director of Finance and Business Development says “It is our belief that adults who learn differently can make massive strides forward with their lives. They can achieve outcomes they and their carers initially thought were beyond them”.

He adds “our vocational learning day provision is designed to create greater independence, improved wellbeing and many more life choices”.

Improved self-belief has a big impact on greater independence and we build this through conquering the disbelief that things can’t be done.

car valetingTaking a practical and interactive approach to a day provision that includes woodcraft, bike maintenance, and arts and crafts, as well as car valeting and catering and hospitality, helps to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘can do’ because it conquers disbelief. It’s all achieved by involving the students, trusting them and teaching with support and guidance.

They can stand back and say “Yes, I built that bird box”, “Yes I helped to rebuild that bike”, “Yes, I feel fitter” and “Yes, I helped to turn that dirty car into a gleaming clean machine that put a big satisfied smile on the owners face”.

At Community Prospects CIC Limited, our belief is that once you believe you can, your world changes – we’re watching worlds change.

If you have a family member who is 16+ and learns differently, is without provision and would like to change their world, then visit www.communityprospects.org.uk or call Admissions / Transitions Team directly on 0121 308 6555.

 

“It’s been an Amazing Journey, Not Always Easy” – Here’s a Brief Insight

When J.S. first came with his support worker to talk to us about the learning opportunities we offer he was living in a secure residential hospital due to a breakdown. He was very, very quiet, withdrawn and needed his self-esteem boosted.

He chose the cycle workshop and started in November 2010 under what was then our college provision.

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J.S. standing proudly with one of the bikes he has rebuilt

To begin with, his attendance was very patchy and he needed to be escorted, but with some patience and gentle encouragement his attendance improved and as it improved so did his self-belief. Bit by bit he gradually started to settle into his tasks and more importantly, interact with his fellow learners, support staff and tutor.

Over time, J’s confidence has grown and grown, helping him to engage with others; both students and customers. His bike maintenance and mechanical problem solving skills just continue to improve.

He’s moved out of the residential hospital and back home with his wife (over 30 miles away). Initially, J travelled independently by train, but having recently rebuilt his driving proficiency, he now drives to and from Community Prospects CIC Limited.

All of these positives started once he visited RAF Cosford without his carer, a day he really enjoyed, a day he made friends and a day that marked the start of this amazing journey.

Today, 6 years later, he’s in a totally different, much better place.

He’s a valued member of the team; he works alongside staff as a volunteer/mentor and happily helps out others, ensuring that they also benefit from the skills he has learnt.

His long-term goal is to return to full time paid work, a goal he continually makes great strides towards and will meet.  It’s been an amazing journey, not always easy but J.S. has worked hard to achieve so much.

When asked about his journey he says “I like coming here because it is good to help others, it’s nice to have structure in my life. It’s sad for me when somethings go wrong like Shoib who is no longer here and now he has no structure”.

The trend of big funding cuts having negative impacts on the lives of adults who learn differently is a challenge Care First Directors take very seriously, it’s this seriousness that led to the creation of Community Prospects CIC Limited in May 2016 – it’s aim, to reduce the impact, where possible, of funding cuts.

The driving force is seeing at first hand the life changing effects some structured belief, encouragement and gentle coaching helps adults like J.

Discover more, if you are an adult 16+ with mild to moderate learning difficulties or you care for such an adult just call Admissions / Transitions Team directly on 0121 308 6555 or visit www.communityprospects.org.uk it could be the start of an amazing journey.