Another side to the project is advising the young people, as well as their families and carers, and raising awareness of learning disability. To fulfil this, nine community based advisers offer advice, hold family events and run disability awareness training.
The project has ambitious targets. For example, by October 2014, it must engage with 20,000 young people through workshops, 220 community impact projects, engage and train 1,700 young ambassadors, advise 5,000 young people and 11,000 family members and carers, and deliver 160 training sessions.
The figures so far are impressive. In its first year, Inspire Me supported 4,362 young people, launched 46 community impact projects, selected 151 young ambassadors, advised 3,750 young people, and run 41 training sessions.
But it’s not just the figures that tell the story. “A lot of people underestimate people with a learning disability,” finishes Nithee. “I’ve found that they have such a strong voice and so many opinions. Already, the project’s had a small but strong impact in showing that, and I can see that improving over time.”
Shane (pictured above, left) attended Inspire Me workshops in Liverpool. In particular, he enjoyed the money management workshop and was able to use the budget form to structure his weekly spending.
“I liked meeting new people, while working as part of a group,” says Shane. “I learned new skills to help me manage my money. Everything we’ve done will help me in the future – my confidence has grown and that is a bonus.
“My next target was to get a paid job and I have now achieved that,” he says.
Shane has been appointed as a project supporter for Inspire Me in Greater Merseyside. “I’m really excited about the job.”
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