Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Rainbows is a social club, running twice weekly in the Pavilion in our local park for those aged 18+ with a wide range of learning disabilities. We support between 30 and 35 vulnerable adults at each session, some of whom attend with their carers. We provide a safe social haven for members to meet peers and make new friends and we provide creative and interactive activities such as music, games, crafts, bingo, raffles, pool, table tennis, dancing, theatre trips, parties and excursions to interesting and stimulating places, as well as a ‘home’ cooked meal. Through our work with these vulnerable adults we aim to improve their skills, abilities, social interaction, confidence and independence, and instill a sense of pride and of being part of the community.

This year we have been thrilled to introduce two new activities. Firstly, we have linked up with the New Vic Theatre enabling our members to join their Ages and Stages Drama Project and through successful weekly drama workshops we are opening many more opportunities for people with learning disabilities to gain confidence and work alongside professional actors and other residents to express their views and act out challenging situations. And secondly we have teamed up with a local Outrigger Canoe Club, giving our members the opportunity to take part in a safe but challenging outdoor activity.

Members also have the opportunity to volunteer, work and socialise with our other Projects, providing improved communication, organisational skills and intergenerational interaction. Again providing the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and abilities as well as helping challenge marginalisation, reduce isolation, challenge stereotypes and break down barriers and develop mutual respect and understanding across a wide range of ages, backgrounds and personal situations.

We receive referrals directly and through social services and other agencies and work hard to ensure that all our members are happy with the activities that we provide and encourage feedback to see if there is anything else that we can do to improve or assist them, to help meet every individual’s need but above all ensure that they enjoy every minute of their time with us and that we are making a positive contribution to their lives.

The employment of experienced committed staff brings skills and experience, ensuring that the club is run as effectively as possible. The funding will enable our Rainbow Project to continue and grow, supporting the good work of our staff and volunteers but above all, ensuring that this much needed club remains available to local vulnerable people.

Our fundraising activities are continuous to ensure the longevity of all our projects and in addition to donations and grants received, our fundraising strategy includes food sales, raffles, jumble sales and bring and buys.

Bentilee Volunteers Community Association

Moment of Pride

Core values: support, strengthen, empower deprived community. Staff/trustees: committed, enthusiastic, experienced, effective.

We improve facilities, opportunities, choices, skills, self/community pride/achievement, experiences, friendships.

We reduce isolation, stigma & marginalisation.

Location: Brackenfield Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, UK