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Brookfields – Great Glen

It’s so nice to see so many residents and staff on board with the project. It’s got off to a great start, and how brilliant to have many different Leicestershire County Council departments and other organisations collaborating to set up something new for people with learning disabilities in these crazy times

‐ Jackie Goodrick, Leicestershire County Council, Community Enablement Worker

Thank you for this project– it offers something meaningful and different for people to engage with at this quite restrictive COVID time

‐ Alison Barwick, Independent Living Accommodation Manager

I have really enjoyed delivering weekly wellbeing/connections sessions with the tenants and have loved getting to know them over the weeks. In the current climate they have overcome many challenges and is great to see them interacting and having fun each week. Portia has organised the event really well and has worked hard to ensure everyone is involved. Each week Portia and I reflect on the session and plan for the session the following week, I have greatly enjoyed working with Portia and being part of the creativity behind the project

‐ Emma Brown, Rural Community Council, Partner

Our project in Great Glen is aimed at supporting the wellbeing of individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism who live at Brookfields. Our plan is to increase participants’ sense of belonging and connection with their local community and its heritage through a diverse range of cultural activities.

Engagement began at the end of 2020 with outdoor sessions over socially distanced hot drinks which our partners Rural Community Council (RCC) provided from their coffee van. As we moved into lockdown, RCC supported the delivery of online sessions, with residents participating in a range of activity, from 5 ways to wellbeing, weekly quizzes and participation in projects such as Simply Sounds and Adult Social Care’s Every Voice Counts.

In partnership with Leicestershire Adult Learning Service and with input from the amazing residents we are developing a cultural art project which will start virtually and move to the heart of the local community as lockdown restrictions ease.

A primary aim is to integrate people into their local Community Managed Library, for them to access cultural opportunities using the library as a community hub. We also plan to support the library to engage with new audiences. The group are keen to work towards the development of an autism ‘toolkit’ for Leicestershire’s Community Managed Libraries network so that more CML hubs are better placed to support visitors with learning disabilities and /or autism.

We would like to thank all our partners for assisting with this co-produced project; Leicestershire Adult Social Care, Brookfields Creative Support Team, Rural Community Council, Leicestershire Adult Learning Service and Great Glen Community Managed Library.