We strengthen people by uncovering their talents and passions. Then we use these to create natural networks of community support. Networks that strengthen, bring opportunity and help them take charge of their lives.
Accelerate helps disabled people get work in Coventry or Warwickshire. Support is also given to both employer and employee once work is secured. Accelerate remains open for referrals and is still contacting current participants – although not face to face until further notice.
Accelerate is a Building Better Opportunities Project funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, delivered by a local partnership of organisations providing people with access to a wide range of job support services.
Help and Connect
Help and Connect is for people with a learning disability in Coventry to make a plan, get connections, get work, stay healthy and stay safe. We help with the most pressing needs first then equip people with skills, knowledge, support networks and readiness for self-management and onward opportunity.
My Life, My Rights, My Health, My Choice!
The health strand of Help and Connect, known as the Health Team, launched its ‘My Life, My Rights, My Health, My Choice’ campaign in the latter part of 2020 to raise awareness of people with learning disabilities’ entitlement to a free annual health check at their doctor’s surgery from the age of 14.
Just 39 per cent of people with learning disabilities in Coventry and Warwickshire take GPs up on this offer. The Health Team wants to double this number during 2021 and ultimately save lives. They are working in partnership with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for Coventry, Rugby and Warwickshire and Coventry City Council.
Currently, a woman with a learning disability dies 27 years sooner than a woman who doesn’t have a learning disability. This figure stands at 22 years younger for men (source: Learning Disability Mortality Review by NHS England, 2019). This is shocking and must change. Please watch and share their animated video. Read the full story here.
Coventry Covid Champions
People with learning disabilities often have their health needs unmet by services. Coventry Covid Champions, funded by Coventry City Council until the end of 2021, aims to increase understanding of social restrictions plus the importance of having the Covid vaccine when it is offered.
Online workshops, face-to-face meet ups (where possible) and clear information will all play a crucial role in bringing 200 isolated people back into their community, safely. The project also focuses on informing and empowering people with learning disabilities who are from ethnic minorities so they are not further disadvantaged by the crisis.
Teenvine Plus is an intensive development programme for teens with autism or learning disabilities in Coventry. We help learning disabled youngsters to get the friendships, confidence and skills they need in order to mature into independent young adults able to achieve their ambitions.
We’re always on the lookout for ‘buddies’ too who are aged 13-18 and want to help our young people build a connected future and make some amazing memories. Email email@example.com to volunteer your time to change lives.
“The kids make friends between themselves, that never happens. Normally they’re only ever brought together when the services want to give them the same treatment, like anger management or something. You don’t make friends like that.” (Parent of a young person with a learning disability)
Teenvine Plus Covid-19 Next Steps
Teenvine Plus Covid-19 Next Steps is an extension of the Teenvine Plus project, focusing on young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who are among some of the most disadvantaged by the pandemic.
This project gives them access to the creative freedom to express their identity and make a plan for the future – boosted by new support networks, experiences and ambitions that grow and change as they do.