The Together project was funded by the Education Authority's Inclusion Fund and provided practical learning opportunities for young people from Mencap and Dreamscheme.
Through this project young people from both groups had the opportunity to build relationships, engage in positive activities and develop life skills together.
The project included a series of life skills sessions and a Bronze Arts Award programme delivered by the MAC in Belfast. To encourage the development of relationships, the project included team-building trips, including a trip to Belfast Activity Centre and to Newcastle.
We successfully worked with Mencap staff to identify and engage an appropriate group of young people with learning disabilities that would be a similar age range as the group of Dreamscheme young people. The group of Dreamscheme young people were recruited through our ongoing youth programmes in Braniel and Belvoir/Milltown.
By end of programme:
- 8 young people achieved a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
- Young people gained new experience through going to an arts event
- Young people increased understanding through researching their arts inspiration
- Young people increased their confidence through sharing their skills with others.
Young people had an opportunity:
- To define and understand disability in its broadest sense
- To discuss and explore attitudes towards, and levels of awareness about disability
- To understand practical advice and steps in how to be inclusive
- To build new relationships with young people from the different groups
- To increase understanding of other people’s needs
Young people had opportunity to learn new skills, such as:
- Team work
Feedback from young people with learning disabilities:
Feedback from Dreamscheme young people: