Skills for Work and for Life
Active Prospects offers a range of services that support people with learning disabilities, physical and mental health needs, to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to live independent and rewarding lives, that see them actively participating in their local community. We support people to gain practical skills, boost confidence, raise aspirations, make friends and improve wellbeing.
Our pioneering Supported Internship Programme offers young people with learning disabilities the opportunity for practical work experience and personal development. The project is delivered in partnership with Surrey County Council’s SEND Enterprise Programme and East Surrey College. Interns spend one day a week at college continuing their education and two days working in a variety of roles across Active Prospects. At the end of the one year programme, interns are supported to progress to further training, volunteering or paid work.
Our Charity Shop is a social enterprise that offers supported volunteer opportunities to people we support and other people with learning disabilities or mental health needs living in the community. 10 Supported Volunteers work regular shifts in the shop, sorting goods, preparing items for display and serving customers. Volunteers gain employability, customer service and independent living skills and enjoy have a weekly routine and opportunity to connect with their local community.
Our new Active Growth allotment project offers therapeutic activity during weekly sessions where there is opportunity to grow fresh fruit and vegetables on our friendly inclusive community gardening project.
Later this year, facilitated by an office move to accessible premises in Reigate, we aim to launch a whole new programme of skills training and activity sessions such as Arts, Music, IT skills and a Job Club.
Our new Active Wellbeing strategy will support people with mental health needs through a range of recovery and wellbeing services. Challenging themselves to try new things and the satisfaction of achieving them, raises aspirations and acts as a catalyst for greater independence.