| Recipient Org: Description || Objective and public benefits: 1 To provide services offering learning and recreational opportunities to children and young people with a learning disability: Our weekly youth club, Gateway Juniors, is for young people aged 16 to 25. Many have associated medical, communication and/or behavioural needs, necessitating support from highly qualified staff. The Club provides activities that members would normally have difficulty accessing in the local community and which promote individual development and social skills. It offers sports and dance workshops for the energetic and arts and crafts, puzzles and quizzes for those who prefer a quiet evening with friends. Special activities including themed evenings, theatre trips and meals out are run throughout the year. Above all, Gateway Juniors gives young people with a learning disability the opportunity to socialise with their peers, form friendships and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. The Club's approach has developed an inclusive and mutually supportive environment which ensures fun and learning for every participant. The Club also provides valuable respite for the families of young people with a learning disability, enabling them to spend time with members’ siblings while their child with additional needs is accessing the service. Objective and public benefits: 2 To provide lifelong learning, social opportunities and community access to people aged 19+ who have a learning disability and associated additional needs: The Charity’s Outreach Academy is a lifelong learning service which runs every weekday, 50 weeks a year. It provides courses to develop students’ social, work and life skills in a supported environment that enables them to reach their potential. Courses include Active in the community and environment (ACE), Cooking, Dance, Functional skills, Music, Social enterprise and Yoga. The Outreach Academy's students are able to progress into the Active in the Community and Environment (ACE) course, which provides volunteering placements in community projects that develop horticulture and hospitality skills. Projects include maintaining the community garden at Broomfield Hospital, developing a fully accessible vegetable garden at Farleigh Hospice and organising monthly Community Lunches. In addition, the Charity's evening service, Gateway Club, meets weekly and members enjoy a variety of activities, including dance and fitness workshops, music and art sessions and evenings exploring cultures from around the world. The Club also organises activities in the community, including pub quizzes and evenings out. Both the Outreach Academy and Gateway Club provide valuable respite for the carers of adults with a learning disability, while ensuring that they are engaged in meaningful and beneficial activities that promote and support their development. Objective and public benefits: 3 To promote a healthy, independent lifestyle to people with a learning disability and to signpost/refer to, and liaise with, health and social care agencies as appropriate: The Charity’s Discover Health initiative directly addresses the low life expectancy of people with a learning disability by providing fully accessible and supported sporting and exercise sessions. Courses have included Yoga, Golf, and Karate. Many of the Discover Health courses are embedded in the Outreach Academy's timetable. The Charity also has a football club, City Mencap FC. The Outreach Academy’s lifelong learning courses encourage the development of independent living skills including Cooking, which promotes food safety and hygiene and healthy diets. The Charity has working partnerships with health and social care agencies to ensure appropriate referrals and a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting members at times of heightened need. Objective and public benefits: 4 To provide support to members and their families about different aspects of living with learning disabilities, and to develop new services and courses in response to identified needs: City of Chelmsford Mencap regularly provides information about services available in the statutory and voluntary sectors and makes direct referrals to health and social care professionals as required. The Charity’s Centre is a Hate Incident Reporting Centre, specialising in disability hate crime. The Charity has responded to concerns about the low uptake of Annual Health Checks by people with a learning disability by delivering the Getting It Right – From The Start project in Mid-Essex. Funded by the ICCF, this has developed an education programme and short educational film for people with a learning disability and for primary health care professionals. Objective and public benefits: 5 To promote the needs and abilities of people with a learning disability through awareness campaigns and by publicising the activities and achievements of the Charity’s members: City of Chelmsford Mencap participates in local events including International Day for People with Disabilities. The Charity runs Nurture, a three-week festival celebrating Volunteers, Carers and Learning Disability awareness weeks, in partnership with Mid-Essex Hospitals Trust. Nurture highlights the abilities of people with a learning disability to contribute to their community. During Learning Disability Awareness Week, the Charity runs I, Too, Am Able, a photographic campaign which highlights the faces and voices of people with a learning disability. The campaign publicises both the assumptions others make about people with a learning disability and the achievements of which they are proud but which are perhaps unexpected to others. City of Chelmsford Mencap regularly promotes its members’ achievements via its social media platforms and newsletters. The Charity's Active in the community and environment (ACE) course, which includes Community Lunches organised, prepared and served by the students, and its Working Out programme of supported work experience placements are highly publicised to demonstrate to the wider community the meaningful contributions that people with a learning disability can make in their local community.