Inspiring progress for Mencap project
Friday 17 August 2012
The Inspire Me project reaches its halfway point
Inspire Me aims to give young people with a learning disability the chance to change their future. The three-year project began in April 2011 and is being run across the UK by Mencap and sister charity ENABLE Scotland. It is funded by money raised through last year’s Charity of the Year partnership with The Co-operative Group.
Inspire Me aims to engage with 25,000 young people with a learning disability aged 14-25 and their families. It provides practical activities and training in schools, colleges, Mencap services and community groups, which give the young people the opportunity to build their confidence and learn new skills.
Young people can get involved with Inspire Me in four ways:
- through Inspire Me workshops
- through community impact projects
- by becoming a Young Ambassador
- through information, advice and guidance sessions.
Inspire Me is now halfway through its delivery. So far, 6,350 young people have been supported through the project. By next April, the Inspire Me team plan to work with another 5,500 young people across the UK.
“Inspire Me has been really successful and is exceeding expectations,” says Asha Vijendran, Inspire Me programme manager. “We’re really proud of what we have achieved already and we’re only at the halfway point.”