They want to help people with disabilities to become full and active citizens. They will develop skills, find and provide opportunities for them to gain employment in local communities. Their innovative approach to activities and support will encourage more independent and fulfilled lives for everyone involved.
Today, the Aldingbourne Trust provides a range of services for more than 1000 people with learning disabilities including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Down’s Syndrome as well as for people who also live with physical disabilities. They operate more than a dozen social enterprises as part of our forward-thinking approach to providing opportunities alongside residential care services, supported living and outreach services for people in their local communities.
Challenges for disabled people are significant. Their plans for the future focus on ensuring that the Aldingbourne Trust will be able to continue to support the people, employers, families and carers that need us. They will think differently and work towards 6 key aims:
- Deliver more opportunities, more benefit to local communities and more sustainable revenue through social enterprise.
- Influence local and national policy-makers to ensure that the voices of the people we support and their families are listened to.
- Be more efficient across all of our activities – not cut services; deliver them smarter.
- Innovate to succeed. Focus on solutions and thinking differently so that we can keep helping those that need us.
- Prove to society that adults with learning disabilities and / or autism can make a huge contribution to their communities when they have the opportunity and the right support.
- Collaborate more closely with families, carers, local and national partners to deliver the right outcomes.