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ERIC Number: ED506611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9061-6237-5
A Life in the Community: An Action Research Project Promoting Citizenship for People with High Support Needs
Swift, Paul; Mattingly, Molly
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (NJ1)
Life in the Community is an action research project with three objectives: (1) To work with four organisations from the third sector to improve the daytime opportunities for up to 40 people with higher support needs and help them to be more included in the life of a community; (2) To develop the capacity of organisations in the not-for-profit sector to support this group of people to make greater use of mainstream services and facilities; and (3) To stimulate new ways of support provided to this group. A defining feature of the project has been that places and activities merely served as the arenas within which relationships developed and flourished. The good outcomes achieved by the people taking part--finding work, moving home, joining clubs, setting up a neighbourhood service and so on--were invariably by-products of the new relationships they were helped to form. A summary of the work of the project is provided. (Contains 13 resources.) [This report was edited by Clare Wightman. Funding for this project was provided by the Baily Thomas Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities