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Thank You

to our Big Give Christmas Challenge Supporters

You did it!

You have helped us raise £25,000 to enable people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire enjoy their right to a community life. In just one week!
Thanks to supporters like you, people with learning disabilities will have new opportunities to gain the skills they need take up their place in their community as active, engaged citizens. Your donation will have an impact on the lives of local people today and in the future.
And by opting to donate via the Big Give Christmas Challenge your donation was doubled and so had double the impact too.
If you would like to receive regular updates about our work and fundraising news please visit our Keeping in Touch page.
Thank you again for your support – it has helped make a genuine difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.
Our Stories

Each client’s unique interests shape how they get involved in their communities; what doesn’t change is how impactful and mutually beneficial their engagement can be.

Oliver's Story

Oliver attends Reach Newark and Flower Pod. He’s very community-minded and over the years has got involved in lots of activities to support Reach.

Our new Reach Cafe in Balderton got Oliver thinking. He came up with the idea of a regular board game afternoon.

Oliver explains:

“I like to host the group because I get to see all my friends there and we chat with each other. Playing games brings everybody together. The Reach Cafe is a good place to host the board game session because you can have tea and cake. It’s open to anyone who wants to come.”

Christine, Oliver’s mum, explains how the board game group has increased his quality of life in the community:

“It’s so important for Oliver to have good access to local groups so he can mix with others, feel valued and know that he’s offering something to the community. It’s an activity he really looks forward to because it’s so sociable and fun.”


Hayden’s Story

Reach Mansfield client Hayden describes what a good life in the community means to him:

“When I first got to Reach, I felt confident because I got to meet new friends. The staff were nice and welcoming and made me feel included in the activities I wanted to do. I come to Fitness and Nutrition and Out and About on Fridays, as well as Computers and Dancing on Tuesdays. I like to go out into the community and chat to new people. Reach Mansfield have regularly put on concerts at the nearby college. I have really enjoyed taking part in these.


Grace’s Story

Tracey Thurlow, Client Services Lead at Reach’s Flower Pod, explains how activities delivered in a personalised way enabled a young woman with communication difficulties to contribute to her local community:

Grace has literally blossomed at Flower Pod. The Flower Pod staff team have taken time to get to know Grace and shape activities to meet her needs. She has an incredible talent for flower arranging. She has progressed from arranging small jars of flowers to using her new skills to do the flowers for her village hall during their Open Garden weekend. Her achievement shows how gaining skills and confidence opens up new opportunities to contribute to community life.”



Become a pledger to make donations to Reach worth double this Christmas

Great news!

By becoming a pledger for our ‘My Place‘ project you will enable Reach to take part in the 2019 Big Give Christmas Challenge and support us towards achieving our £30,000 target. Your pledge will help people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire benefit from double donations during Big Give week, to help them learn how to make happier, healthier lives in their own community.

This is possible because we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

We are aiming to raise £30,000 through the Big Give. Please help us to support local people with learning disabilities to feel confident to use their local facilities, take part in local events, and take their place in their community as active citizens. Read more about how your pledge can make a difference here.

Get your donation doubled between


Midday on Tues 3rd December

and

Midday on Tues 4th December

Click on the green button above and your donation is worth twice as much when you donate to our ‘My Place’ project on the Big Give Site. Help us raise £25,000 in just one week!

This year we are again taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge – a national matched funding campaign. Giving through The Big Give Christmas Challenge makes your donation worth double: when you donate £10, Reach receives £20. One donation, twice the impact.

Why we need your support 

Engaging in community life is a recognised human right; being denied this right can increase feelings of isolation, loneliness and impact negatively on emotional and physical wellbeing. People with learning disabilities tell us about having no control over their lives and feeling like they don’t belong. They want to feel valued as equal citizens and have their voices heard. They want to feel connected to other people and be able to contribute to society. Our clients say that the courses and activities we run at our centres enables them to become more confident, active and independent citizens.

But we know there’s so much more to do and so many more people to reach.

Work with us to make a difference 

Our project is called ‘My Place’, as we all need to find our own place in a community that provides us with meaning and satisfaction. Our expert tutors will offer courses to enable people with learning disabilities to gain the skills needed to live a more active life in their community. Participants will gain confidence in communicating with others through fun, bespoke activities at our centres in Mansfield, Newark, Southwell, our Flower Pod social enterprise and our cafe. Staff and participants will work with Reach colleagues and external contacts to create new opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be heard. 

Our Stories

Each client’s unique interests shape how they get involved in their communities; what doesn’t change is how impactful and mutually beneficial their engagement can be.

Oliver’s Story

Oliver attends Reach Newark and Flower Pod. He’s very community-minded and over the years has got involved in lots of activities to support Reach.

Our new Reach Cafe in Balderton got Oliver thinking. He came up with the idea of a regular board game afternoon.

Oliver explains:

“I like to host the group because I get to see all my friends there and we chat with each other. Playing games brings everybody together. The Reach Cafe is a good place to host the board game session because you can have tea and cake. It’s open to anyone who wants to come.”

Christine, Oliver’s mum, explains how the board game group has increased his quality of life in the community:

“It’s so important for Oliver to have good access to local groups so he can mix with others, feel valued and know that he’s offering something to the community. It’s an activity he really looks forward to because it’s so sociable and fun.”


Hayden’s Story

Reach Mansfield client Hayden describes what a good life in the community means to him:

“When I first got to Reach, I felt confident because I got to meet new friends. The staff were nice and welcoming and made me feel included in the activities I wanted to do. I come to Fitness and Nutrition and Out and About on Fridays, as well as Computers and Dancing on Tuesdays. I like to go out into the community and chat to new people. Reach Mansfield have regularly put on concerts at the nearby college. I have really enjoyed taking part in these.


Grace’s Story

Tracey Thurlow, Client Services Lead at Reach’s Flower Pod, explains how activities delivered in a personalised way enabled a young woman with communication difficulties to contribute to her local community:

Grace has literally blossomed at Flower Pod. The Flower Pod staff team have taken time to get to know Grace and shape activities to meet her needs. She has an incredible talent for flower arranging. She has progressed from arranging small jars of flowers to using her new skills to do the flowers for her village hall during their Open Garden weekend. Her achievement shows how gaining skills and confidence opens up new opportunities to contribute to community life.”



What do we offer?

Below are just some of the many examples of how what we offer at Reach enriches the lives of people with learning disabilities and supports them to find their place within their communities:

  • Reach Mansfield worked with Mansfield Town Football Club on the Football for All project, an inclusion group established to enhance accessibility at football games. Clients have launched a meet and greet station at the club where they volunteer to welcome anyone who feels vulnerable, to increase a sense of community support at matches.
  • Our Southwell Media Fun group create and perform their own productions. Earlier this year, they performed at a residential care home for adults with learning disabilities. The entertainment was well received, with the audience giving fantastic feedback.
  • Flower Pod clients have used their horticultural skills to plant and maintain a flower bed at Sconce and Devon Park to provide a more attractive, welcoming environment for the public. Another newly established project is taking place at Kings Mill Hospital, where Flower Pod clients are transforming a courtyard into an inviting garden area for patients, families and staff of the Stroke Unit to enjoy, commune and relax in.
Our Target

There is still so much more we want to do. Because we are committed to reaching as many people and communities as possible, this December we’re aiming to raise £25,000 for work across all our sites to:

  • support people with learning disabilities to gain new skills, build confidence and increase their self-esteem.
  • work with local communities to find ways for people with learning disabilities to contribute to community groups and activities.
  • provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to have a voice and showcase their valuable abilities in their local communities.

Can you donate through The Big Give Christmas Challenge to help us reach our target?

How The Big Give Works:

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a national matched funding campaign. It is comprised of three pots of funding from:

  • Pledgers:£7500 pledged by local supporters
  • A national Charity Champion: The Reed Foundation
  • Online public donations: Made between Tues 3 DecemberTues 10 December.

Funding from Pledgers and the Charity Champion forms a ‘matched funding pot’ that is used to match donations during the Christmas Challenge public donation stage. We are so grateful for the engagement from our local supporters and our Charity Champion, as their involvement helps strengthen ties within our community.

So, will you join the challenge? Donate online to our appeal between 3 – 10 December to get your donation doubled!


You can make a real difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities; double your donation this Christmas.

Remember only donations made on the Christmas Challenge site between 12pm on 3 December to 12pm on 10 December can be doubled!  

Don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information from us here at Reach. Please e-mail sarah.cobb@reachuk.org or telephone 01636 819066.

Our Stories

Each client’s unique interests shape how they get involved in their communities; what doesn’t change is how impactful and mutually beneficial their engagement can be.

Oliver's Story

Oliver attends Reach Newark and Flower Pod. He’s very community-minded and over the years has got involved in lots of activities to support Reach.

Our new Reach Cafe in Balderton got Oliver thinking. He came up with the idea of a regular board game afternoon.

Oliver explains:

“I like to host the group because I get to see all my friends there and we chat with each other. Playing games brings everybody together. The Reach Cafe is a good place to host the board game session because you can have tea and cake. It’s open to anyone who wants to come.”

Christine, Oliver’s mum, explains how the board game group has increased his quality of life in the community:

“It’s so important for Oliver to have good access to local groups so he can mix with others, feel valued and know that he’s offering something to the community. It’s an activity he really looks forward to because it’s so sociable and fun.”


Hayden’s Story

Reach Mansfield client Hayden describes what a good life in the community means to him:

“When I first got to Reach, I felt confident because I got to meet new friends. The staff were nice and welcoming and made me feel included in the activities I wanted to do. I come to Fitness and Nutrition and Out and About on Fridays, as well as Computers and Dancing on Tuesdays. I like to go out into the community and chat to new people. Reach Mansfield have regularly put on concerts at the nearby college. I have really enjoyed taking part in these.


Grace’s Story

Tracey Thurlow, Client Services Lead at Reach’s Flower Pod, explains how activities delivered in a personalised way enabled a young woman with communication difficulties to contribute to her local community:

Grace has literally blossomed at Flower Pod. The Flower Pod staff team have taken time to get to know Grace and shape activities to meet her needs. She has an incredible talent for flower arranging. She has progressed from arranging small jars of flowers to using her new skills to do the flowers for her village hall during their Open Garden weekend. Her achievement shows how gaining skills and confidence opens up new opportunities to contribute to community life.”



 

How your matched donation can make a difference

You can make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire

Reach Christmas Events Schedule

(Big Give donation stations available at all events during Big Give Week)

Tuesday 27th November

Southwell Christmas Sing Along, Southwell Library, Free event, 7.00pm
Mansfield Coffee Morning, Reach Mansfield, 10.15am - 11.45am

Wednesday 28th November

Silver Star Diabetes Screening, Reach Newark 10am - 3pm
Newark Coffee Afternoon, Reach Newark, 1pm - 3pm

Thursday 29th November

Southwell Donation Station open and free mince pies!
Reach Southwell, 1pm - 6pm
Mansfield Auction, Reach Mansfield, 6.45pm - 9.30pm

Saturday 1st December

Newark Christmas Fair, Barnbygate Methodist Church Hall 10am - 12pm
Quirky Quiz Night, Southwell Golf Club, 7pm

Sunday 9th December

Santa Run, Sconce and Devon Park, Newark, 11am, family friendly event

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Make your donation to Reach worth double this Christmas

Great news!

Donate to our “Small Changes, Big Difference” project via the 2018 Big Give Christmas Challenge and see your gift double!

£10 becomes £20, £25 becomes £50… and so on.

Your gift will help people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire learn how to be healthier and reduce their risk of diabetes and other serious conditions.

This is possible because we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

We are aiming to raise £40,000 through the Big Give. Please help us to support local people with learning disabilities to feel fitter and happier today and reduce their risk of poor health tomorrow. Read more about how your gift can make a difference here.

Our Stories

Tom has been working with a volunteer Mike on a project to build a new wood store at Flower Pod. The idea was for Mike to be a mentor for Tom so that he could realise more of his potential, participate more fully at Flower Pod and increase his confidence.

This has proved to be hugely successful – Tom has completely taken ownership of this project from the planning stage to completion and he is clearly proud of his achievement. Furthermore, there has been a huge change in Tom’s attitude – he always arrives on time and stays until the end of the session, he is willing to try different activities and he is now peer mentoring other Flower Pod clients how to use the tools.

Tom says: ‘working with Mike makes me happy …I love working with him, it makes me feel relaxed.’ Tom has reduced his smoking whilst at Flower Pod and says: ‘I have only had one cigarette today, being occupied, busy and enjoying what I am doing makes me forget smoking.’

Tom is now working on a plan to help build and design a new shed at home using the skills he has recently learnt on the wood shed project.

Tom (left) sharing his electric sanding skills with Kelvin (right)

Along with cutting down on smoking and working outdoors, Tom’s increased confidence and independence is clearly beneficial for his mental health and self-esteem. But what is often overlooked is how important social connections are to our health and wellbeing. Tom’s story demonstrates how providing positive activities and opportunities to engage with others has manifold benefits to health.

The Institute of Health Equity’s recent Report ‘A Fair, Supportive Society’ documents how social factors such as loneliness, social isolation, discrimination all play a role in poor health. At Flower Pod and other Reach centres people can gain the skills they need to feel more confident in participating in community life, making new social connections and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. This in turn benefits their health and wellbeing.

Val has been coming to Reach Mansfield for approximately 3 years. She attends for four days a week and enjoys taking part in a variety of sessions. Val has Type 2 Diabetes and took part in Reach Mansfield’s Diabetes six month pilot project in 2017.

Val can describe how she has made changes to her everyday choices to help her be healthier and to reach her own health goals. She has achieved her main goal of reducing her use of vending machines. Since she set the goal she hasn’t bought anything at all from the vending machine. She explains: “I stopped it because it has chocolate in and that is fattening so I don’t have it… I don’t have the crisps out the machine either.” The Diabetes nurse has told Val how she is very happy with her progress.

It is clear Val knows exercise plays a very important role in staying healthy and by attending Reach Dance, Fitness and Nutrition, and Swimming classes, she is improving her fitness and activity levels. Val is keen to point out that she always shares any cakes and desserts she takes home from Make and Bake!

How your matched donation can make a difference

You can make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire

Reach Christmas Events Schedule

(Big Give donation stations available at all events during Big Give Week)
Tuesday 27th November

Southwell Christmas Sing Along, Southwell Library, Free event, 7.00pm
Mansfield Coffee Morning, Reach Mansfield, 10.15am - 11.45am

Wednesday 28th November

Silver Star Diabetes Screening, Reach Newark 10am - 3pm
Newark Coffee Afternoon, Reach Newark, 1pm - 3pm

Thursday 29th November

Southwell Donation Station open and free mince pies!
Reach Southwell, 1pm - 6pm
Mansfield Auction, Reach Mansfield, 6.45pm - 9.30pm

Saturday 1st December

Newark Christmas Fair, Barnbygate Methodist Church Hall 10am - 12pm
Rob Z Quiz Night, Southwell Golf Club, 7pm

Sunday 9th December

Santa Run, Sconce and Devon Park, Newark, 11am, family friendly event