Supporting you to live the life you want

Supporting you

We work on an individual basis with members and their families to help achieve the things that are important.

We can offer help with:

  • Exploring choices and options
  • Understanding rights
  • Joining in community activities (see our What’s On page for more details)
  • Gaining new skills
  • Exploring volunteering and job opportunities
  • Improving physical health
  • Signposting services and information

Sports

Annual Paralympic Personal Bests (Para PBs)

Winchester Go LD and Winchester City Council first organised the Para PBs in 2012 to celebrate the London Paralympic Games.

Giving adults with a learning disability the opportunity to ‘try out’ different sports, sign post them to local clubs with LD support and reward participants with a medal and certificate for achieving outcomes beyond their original personal best. 

We are so proud of how the Para PBs has grown year on year.  We had 150 participants with learning disabilities in 2021, compared to 20 participants in 2012.  This is open to anyone with a learning disability living in Hampshire. Everyone is given a Certificate of Participation, a medal and a t shirt.    

None of this would have been possible without the support, enthusiasm, encouragement and hard work of our volunteers – all of whom are amazing  and make this a truly special day. 

Winchester Go LD are in partnership with Winchester City Council and Everyone Active  in terms of event arrangement.

To book please download and complete the form below.

To receive a free T-shirt please return this form by FRIDAY 8 JULY 2022 to Betty Chadwick  betty@winchestergold.org.uk or by post: Winchester Go LD, The Arc, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB.

Any queries please call Betty on 07884 063201. Payment of £10 by cash/cheque/bank transfer – please ask for bank details and reference code.

**  Winchester Go LD members who have already paid the £10 with the summer trips form still need to complete the Para PB registration form **

Weekly sports

Adults with learning disabilities are more at risk to many physical and mental health conditions than the general population and at Winchester Go LD we encourage our members to be active.

Being active is a well-recognised way to boost wellbeing. Good physical health can reduce the risk of major illness by up to 50%. The psychological benefits of being active include reduced anxiety, increased self-esteem and improved mood. Increased levels of physical activity is also shown to increase an individual’s quality of life.   Our Walk and Talk program, weekly Tai Chi and our twice-weekly exercise classes are good examples of how we support our members to keep active – visit our What’s On page for all the details.

The video below shows how we adapted our sports program in 2020.  We are very happy that Saturday Circuits returned to in person classes this year at the new Sports Centre in Winchester.   Thursday Fit Class and Wednesday Tai Chi remain online.

Walk and Talks

Covid lockdowns and changes to routine were a very stressful time for our members. The restrictions also meant we needed to redesign our one to one support and advocacy delivery so we launched our Walk and Talk service. This has proved so successful that we are continuing post lockdown, offering 1:1, couples or small group walks with staff and volunteers.

Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Project is a year long program to improve the lives of our members. The project has 6 modules, each running for 6 weeks.

• Nutrition
• Relationships and Friendship
• Health – physical and mental
• Recreation/hobbies
• Social and Economic
• Work, education and training

For March/April we are joining up with Compassionate Cuppa to deliver the Health module, funded through Hampshire County Council Local Solutions Grant and the Truemark Trust. This includes weekly small group online workshops offering members a safe space to share experiences and ideas about managing mental and physical health.

We are promoting healthy messages in a fun and interactive way throughout all our Zoom groups, online exercise classes and Walk and Talks.  We’ve been talking about Mental Health and how to keep yourself feeling well. We sent everyone materials and made Emojis and Self Soothe boxes during Tuesday Drop-in.

Making Emojis

Safer Places

This innovative project was created to help vulnerable people who may become a victim of crime, feel frightened, intimidated or lost when they are out and about in the community.  Winchester Go LD organised the Safe Places in Winchester for it’s launch in June 2012. 

Shops and businesses signed up to become Safe Places, where disabled and vulnerable people can go and wait for a trusted carer to be called if they are lost, harassed, feeling scared or confused.

The scheme is now being run with Hampshire County Council.

How can a safe place help me?

The Safe Places can be recognised by a distinctive yellow sticker in their window.

People wishing to use the scheme can request a card on which they will write their name and the phone number of two trusted contacts. When they show their card to a member of staff in the Safe Place a phone call can be made to either of those numbers so that the person can be reassured or collected.

Cards are free and are available through Hampshire County Council or Winchester Go LD for this area.

Where are the safe places?

Safer Places is running in Winchester, Bishops Waltham and Alresford as well as in other parts of Hampshire.  

For more details on the Safer Places projects across Hampshire visit  Hampshire County Council Adult Services website.

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 600281 or email info@winchestergold.org.uk.

Go Socials and Summer Trips

Summer 2022

We have a range of additional day trips and activities planned from May – September.

Please book early to avoid disappointment as places can be limited.

We ask that everyone completes our Summer Trips reply form and returns this with payment in person or on-line.

Cheques to: ‘Winchester Go LD’ 

Or via Bank Transfer to:

Sort Code: 20 97 01

Account No: 63630056

Account Name: Winchester Go LD

Please mark your reference with your full name.

Go Social

We organise a social evening every 4th Wednesday of the month. These encourage social activity and they’re a lot of fun!

These include pub visits, bingo nights, bowling, nature walks, picnics,  BBQs and themed discos.

7pm – 9pm

For current events please visit the What’s On page. 

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