A ‘Priceless’ Project

“I don’t know what we would do if we couldn’t come here.”

Some of the feedback connected with the out-of-school adult inclusion project provided at Ysgol Pen Coch in Flint thanks to funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The Foundation provided £75,000 for the three-year project to help adults with learning disabilities, which was then delivered at the school by the Carers Trust North Wales.

The feedback has now come at the end of the project, which it is hoped will now be able to continue thanks to another charitable organisation.

The initiative is based around offering fun, leisure, learning and wellbeing opportunities to adults who have a learning disability.

Putting the project on at the school means that those attending are able to make use of a range of specialist facilities not available elsewhere in the community, including hydrotherapy, reflexology, therapeutic music, vibroacoustic therapy and rebound therapy. 

“The project has achieved its vision to offer excellent sports, therapeutic and leisure activities, and has proved a huge success for the learning disabled adults who attend,” says Alison Jones, CEO of Carers Trust North Wales Crossroads Care Services.

“Towards the end of the funding, there were 54 adults attending the project, before which they have not been able to access any of these services in their communities.

“We have been able to enhance the quality of their lives through this provision.

“Not only has the project improved their physical wellbeing, it has enabled them to meet new friends, and had a positive effect on their mental health and wellbeing.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to the trustees of the Steve Morgan Foundation for the funding.

“It has had such a positive impact for all of the adults who have been able to access the therapies in Ysgol Pen Coch.”

There has been a great deal of positive feedback to the project, and Project Leader Mo Robinson believes it has “bridged a gap” in the local community.

“I would like to personally thank the Steve Morgan Foundation for the funding for this project,” said Mo.

I have worked for 42 years, and this has been more of a vocation than any other role I have had.  

“Having a profoundly disabled daughter myself , I know there is a lack of facilities in the community bespoke to our adults, and this project has bridged that gap.

“It has been a privilege to meet such lovely adults, together with their carers.  

“I can testify first hand that the service has benefited so many individuals, and the enthusiasm and pleasure shown by them I can only describe as priceless.”

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