wHAT CASBA DOES - Our projects and funders
Parents Together- funded by the Big Lottery
Offers specialist Advocacy support for Parents with Learning Disabilities who are going through periods of crisis, which directly effect their children or family life. The aim of the project is to empower parents to access support and services to help prevent crises from escalating.
With Child protection and Care proceedings being complex and lengthy, parents with Learning Disabilities often have difficulty understanding processes. Through advocacy this project aims to ensure parents are fully informed, consulted and emotionally supported throughout.
Choices and Changes-funded by The Henry Smith Charity
With the recent and ongoing changes to welfare benefits and systems and to care provision, people with learning disabilities are struggling to engage or understand the changes that are affecting them.
The project provides specialist Advocacy support to enable them to navigate these changes and better meet their needs.
Safer Lives-Safer Futures- funded by the Big Lottery
Seeks to ensure the most vulnerable in our community are supported through specialist advocacy to improve the quality and safety of their lives, become less isolated when in crisis and develop pathways to wider support in their communities.
Thanks to the Big Lottery we received a further 3 years funding for this project which will sustain it from January 2017 to December 2019.
Mutual Carers Pilot—Funded by Lloyds Foundation till February 2017
This pilot will then continue with Better Care Funding from March to September 2017
This pilot provides advocacy and volunteer support to families where carers are becoming less able or frail and are concerned for the future of the person they care for who has a Learning Disability.
Advocates and volunteers will work with families to put in place Circles of support to lessen future crises. Volunteer Community Connectors for this pilot are now being recruited, for more information on this exciting role go to our 'Help Us' page.
An initial evaluation of this pilot is to be undertaken and will be published in March 2017. Watch this space for further news.
"From Institution to Community" - Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund until December 2018
The project will record the experiences of people with learning difficulties, their families and those who supported them through their journey from living in institutions to life in the community, particularly focusing on the closure of Monyhull Hospital. We will celebrate their stories and ensure their voices are heard for the future through events, workshops and media (film, recordings and written materials).
You can read more about the latest work on this project on our blog.
CASBA Volunteers and Ambassadors
Our volunteers address the support needs of CASBA. We have both Community and Service User Volunteers (known as Ambassadors) work alongside staff and trustees.
Our Community Volunteers also provide group and individual support to service users within projects. Congratulations to Judy who successfully achieved her Level 2 Food and Hygiene Certificate in January so that she could teach Parents Group cooking skills.
Ambassadors from the CASBA Development Group meet at least once a month to fundraise, promote and be involved in the governance structures of CASBA.
COMIC RELIEF - CORE STRENGTH FUNDING
For 2017 to 2019
Hugh attended the Induction to the New Core Strength Programme for Successful Grantees in London on 31st January 2017.
He came back with this smart plaque and told us
"It was fantastic to see the range and diversity of different charities funded through this important and exciting intiative funded by Comic Relief. We look forward to working with Comic Relief over the next 2 years to strengthen CASBA"
Our Strengthening Foundations/Transforming Lives project will focus on: