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 at the end of last summer. 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 made. In fact, they’ve become so popular an order book has been started to make sure everything is made in order.

Community Prospects

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.

Come and find out more about Community Prospects, take a look at how it’s helping adults with learning difficulties/disabilities move their lives for forward either call Del on 0121 358 8164 or visit www.communityprospects.org.uk.

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

“A passionate desire to beat the trend of continual, often ferocious cuts in the number of day provision places available to adults who learn differently drives the opening of a brand new ‘not for profit’ provision”

Beating the trend of big funding changes that continually reduce the number of vocational learning places available to adults 16+ with a learning difficulty, learning disability, brain injury, mental health or autism (adults who learn differently) is the aim of this new ‘not for profit’ community interest company (CIC).

To thwart some of the impact of continually reducing services, the directors of Care First Limited have launched a totally new 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 wellbeing and seeing them relishing more life choices – beating funding changes is absolutely imperative to the directors of Care First Limited.

“It is our belief that, adults who learn differently can enjoy; greater independence, improved wellbeing and many more life choices as well as make massive strides forward with their lives and 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 happier 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 and
  • enjoying greater wellbeing by sampling the delights of satisfaction when completing the many projects on offer

How do we do this?

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

To learn more about what’s available and where, who it’s for and who it’s not suitable for, and to look up timing and projects available, please mouse over to www.communityprospects.org.uk.

Thank you.

New Day Provision Aimed At Reversing the Reducing Number of Day Provision Opportunities Is Virtually Full In Less Than 6 Weeks!

Such is the popularity of our day services 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 beat the trend of big funding chances which continually reduce vocation learning/day provision places 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 and achieve outcomes they and their carers initially thought were beyond them, by attending vocational, practical and fun day provisions”.

He adds “our 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 fun approach to a day provision that includes woodcraft, bike maintenance, and arts and crafts, as well as car valeting and personal development 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 through help 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, you can and 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 Del directly on 0121 358 8164.

Don’t delay, as 73 of the 100 available places have gone.