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This includes social services, voluntary sector agencies, the NHS, and other housing associations.
Here are some examples of how we work with our partners and the difference this has made to our customers.
The Quarr Abbey gardening project is a self-supporting, community-led initiative that benefits people living on the Isle of Wight who have learning difficulties and other support needs. Launched in 2011, we run the project in partnership with the Abbey and No Barriers, an Isle of Wight Council-led scheme that provides training and support to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. The project offers a way for people to gain new skills in a social setting that benefits the community. For some volunteers, it provides them with a work opportunity for the first time, giving them the confidence and skills they’ve needed to change their lives for the better.
We are a proud supporter of Alzheimer’s Cafés across the Island. The cafés offer people with dementia, their families, carers and friends a space to meet and talk about all aspects of the disease, as well as offer people respite from caring for their loved ones. Through the cafés, we work with organisations such as Carers UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and local clinicians to provide advice and signposting for people affected by dementia, and we refer our customers to the cafés where appropriate.
We have a longstanding partnership with Island-based Fair Haven Housing Trust, a parent-led voluntary charity that supports those with learning difficulties. We have worked with Fair Haven to provide additional accommodation at St Helena and major improvement works to 22 Argyll St, two of our supported living schemes for people with learning disabilities.
We supported our customers to partner with the Isle of Wight Council and local communities to develop a new strategy for people with learning disabilities. Living Well With a Learning Disability on the Isle of Wight focuses on three key themes chosen by those with learning disabilities: living my life, keeping safe, and staying healthy.