Enjoying the right to a community life

In 2019, as in previous years, Reach took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Through the Big Give we raised over £25,000 for our ‘My Place in the Community’ Project.

The funding will go towards the work we do to enable people with learning disabilities to confidently participate in society as active, engaged citizens – and, importantly, to have their voices heard. Too often people with learning disabilities tell us that they feel ignored and not included in community life. Funding raised through the Big Give gives staff teams the flexibility to quickly respond to exciting community involvement opportunities. For example, when our Media Fun clients were offered the chance to record a song they had written, we had the resources we needed to help make this happen – and to produce a film too.

We hope you agree that the song and film are very inspiring. The lyrics echo our My Place theme – that everyone has the right to a life in the community, and a right to aspire and dream.

Whilst our centres are closed, we are striving to keep our Reach community connected with each other and the wider world. We’re bringing people together and still working to support people with learning disabilities to be heard.

Take a few minutes to watch our Media Fun film with a cup of tea, and dream with us for a better world.
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Steve Shatwell, Reach Chief Executive, said: “I would like to thank everyone who donated to our Big Give appeal. The way the Big Give works means that the generous donations of local people were matched by funding from the Reed Foundation (a national charitable trust) and our own pledgers including Southwell & District Lions, Edwinstowe & District Lions, RAF Digby, Stagfield Group and nmcn PLC.

"Helen is in her fifties and lives at home with her mum. She is preparing to move out of home and  into more independent living.  To do that she needs to build confidence, self-esteem and life skills. Recording and performing with the Media Fun group has been a real confidence booster."

- Beverley, Reach Southwell Centre Manager