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Steve Shatwell, Chief Executive

“For a charity whose ethos is about bringing people together, closing our centres is heartbreaking.”

Like you, I have never known a time like this.  Coronavirus has affected every aspect of Reach’s work. In less than a month it has forced us to close our centres, cancel our popular socials, and watch much of our planned income for 2020 dry up before our eyes. Enormous challenges lie ahead. But we are determined to continue meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire today.

We can’t do it alone and we urgently need your support.


Many of our clients live at home with older family carers in their seventies and eighties. Others live alone and so are potentially very isolated.  We know people who feel traumatised by the loss of their social contacts and routine, who urgently need basic supplies, and who face risk of poor emotional and physical health.

Reach staff are already working hard to support people to stay safe, well and connected.  This week we have delivered sixty ‘wellbeing packages’, put together ‘learning packs’ and made vital telephone contact to reduce anxiety and fear.  We’ll listen to clients and families and keep refining our plans to help those most in need by providing vital support, information, advice and resources.

Your donation today will help people with learning disabilities and their family carers to cope in the weeks and months to come. You really will make a difference.

See our stories below to find out how our dedicated staff like Flower Pod worker Tracey are stepping up to support clients like Lucy at home.


Please, help us to keep people with learning disabilities and their families safe.

Thank you.
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Picture of Tracey helping somebodyTracey’s story

My “day job” is as Client Services Lead at Flower Pod, Reach’s social horticultural enterprise where I am lucky enough to be able to combine my love of gardening and passion for working with people with learning disabilities.

But for now that is on hold. Every day we develop in new and flexible ways to meet the urgent needs of our most vulnerable clients in a landscape which is constantly changing. My background in care support and the additional training I’ve completed at Reach mean I have the relevant skills, experience and knowledge to be able to help out at this tricky time and so for now I will be focusing on helping Reach Care to provide essential care to our most vulnerable clients. Reach Care staff have helped us out so much at Flower Pod, it’s great to be able to give something back and work alongside them now in this time of need.


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Lucy’s story

Lucy has used Reach services for three years.  She feels our support has helped her make great progress towards a happier, healthier more independent life, moving into a new flat and making new friends.

Lucy normally has a busy week, attending Reach Newark’s Adventure Group and Drama course, volunteering in Creative Communication, and travelling by bus independently to Reach Southwell for Singing and Boccia. But coronavirus means that, like everyone, Lucy must stay at home for now.  Fortunately, we have quickly been able to offer Lucy more support from our expert care support team to help ensure she doesn’t feel alone. Meanwhile, our other staff will rally behind our care colleagues, ready to offer additional resources to enable Lucy and others to stay connected and keep as safe and well as possible.

Lucy says “At first I felt a bit dazed and over-worried instead of being positive. So it’s good that Reach have helped me have some extra support while the centres are shut.”


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