Supporting you to live the life you want

Supporting you

We work on an individual basis with you and your circle of support to develop personal plans and help you to do the things that are important to you.

We can offer help with:

  • Exploring choices and options
  • Understanding your rights
  • Having your voice heard
  • Joining in community activities 
  • Gaining new skills
  • Exploring volunteering and job opportunities
  • Improving physical health
  • Signposting services and information

Walk and Talk project

We offer our Walk & Talks as a form of one to one support in response to the increased need for support during the COVID-19 crisis. The project helps keep members active and helps to rebuild confidence in being outside in a safe and socially distanced way.  We have recorded over 115 Walk and Talks in Winchester and Alresford.

Thank you to The National Lottery, Sport England Energise Me and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Resilient Communities funding and the Alresford Pigs Association who have helped us adapt our usual support for members and develop our programme of social engagement including the Walk & Talks.

Friendship through Food

Zoom cookery course

This is Doug.  He is a kind, sociable and independent man who lives independently. Doug has Type 2 diabetes, which is poorly controlled. Doug receives 2 hours of Adult Services social care support each week through a local provider, he does his own shopping and cooking, with some help from support. He has been furloughed since the beginning of lockdown. And lockdown has not been easy. Prior to lockdown Doug did not use the Internet, he was not on social media and he had never heard of Zoom. Since joining the Friendship through Food Zoom cookery course he has learned to use Zoom and he explains that it’s good for ‘…finding out what’s happening and staying connected..’. He had to overcome some technical difficulties in logging onto Zoom through a smartphone, this was overcome by a visit from Winchester Go LD volunteer. Doug says ‘….I enjoy the social aspect of cooking and making yourself busy. Doing the shopping and unpacking the ingredients were the best parts. I also really enjoyed being in a group…’. Mary from FirstBite provided participants with the ingredients and recipes on the morning of each cookery lesson. Learning healthy new recipes, discovering foods and most ingredients used were from surplus food.
This has been a fantastic project with FirstBite, funded by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Summer Picnics

Fitness

On line groups

 Covid19 and Lockdown

Although we are unable to meet up in person at Winchester Discovery Centre for our regular social groups our members have been getting together on Zoom 6 times a week.   Drop in lunches on Tuesday and Friday and Afternoon Tea on Monday, Tai Chi on Wednesday, Fit Class on Thursday and Circuits on Saturday. 

Our monthly Go Social evening Discos, Karaokes, nights out in Eastleigh and Southampton – bowling, eating ice cream, may have been put on hold but we have had a busy summer in 2020 with weekly Summer picnics and our Fun Sporty Day.

Visit our What’s On page for our full calendar line-up of events.

Person Centred Plans and Advocacy

  • We will listen to you and the people who support you
  • We will support you to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to voice your concerns and make sure you are at the centre of your plans
  • We will help you think about what you would like to do and support you to set up a circle of support with the right people to help you
  • We can help with letters or go to meetings with you
  • We can help to make sure procedures are followed correctly
  • Signposting you to information and advice.

 

If you would like to know more please email info@winchestergold.org.uk.  You can download our PCP  referral form here.  pcp_referral_form_hampshire

Safer Places

The Safer Places scheme is to help people when they are out.  A Safe Place is somewhere you can go to for help if you are upset or frightened.  Safe Places in Hampshire is run with Hampshire County Council.  Winchester Go LD was involved with setting up Safer Places in Winchester in 2011.  There are now over 12 shops and businesses signed up.

How can a safe place help me?

You can apply to receive a Safer Places card.  When you fill out your card you put the telephone numbers of people who can help you if something happens, like support or family members.

If you feel frightened or need help when you are out you can go into any shop that is showing the Safe Place sticker in their window.

Staff at the Safe Place will help you phone for help and you can wait at the Safe Place until you are OK to leave.

Where are the safe places?

Safer Places is running in Winchester, Bishops Waltham and Alresford as well as in other parts of Hampshire.   Safe Places have a sticker in the window or have the logo displayed to let you know they are a Safe Place.

Safe Places are all places that are open to the public such as shops, offices or public buildings.

If you would like a card or to know more about the scheme please contact us at info@winchestergold.org.uk.  You can also visit us at the Winchester Discovery Centre or staff at Winchester Community Link.

Smoothie Bike

Our Smoothie Bike supports adults with a learning disability to run a pedal powered Smoothie Bike at summer fairs and events.

The project promotes social and work skills, food hygiene and money handling.  It is also a great way to reinforce healthy messages regarding the benefits of fresh fruit, exercise and sustainable energy in a unique and engaging way.

Our regular summer events include the St Cross Summer Fair, Osborne School Fete, the Littleton & Harestock Show and the Go LD Garden & Craft Sale.

The team definitely add the fun factor to almost any event!   Please contact us  if you would like to be involved in the  Smoothie project or to book us for an event you are running.

Work

Winchester Go LD believes that everyone who wants a job, deserves the chance to have one.

Less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability work (compared with 1 in 2 disabled people generally).  But research shows that at least 65% of people with a learning disability want to work.

We can look with you at what skills you already have, how you can improve those skills and learn new ones

  • We can offer you support in looking and applying for jobs and prepare for interviews.
  • We can offer you support by accompanying you to interviews.
  • We can also offer support to you if you would like to volunteer.  This could help you to become more employable or you may decide to become self-employed


Are you an employer looking for staff?

You may be interested to know that research from the Joseph Rowntree Trust shows that people with learning disabilities are generally reliable, more likely to stay with one employer for a long time and tend to take less time off.

Many of our members have been in long term employment.
Please contact us so that we can work with you on 01962 873608 or email info@winchestergold.org.uk.

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