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Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, td152en
Border Links is a community enterprise company, founded in January 2006 with start-up grants from DEFRA. Our main aim is to provide local opportunities to support social and economic inclusion for adults with learning disabilities - to enable local people to play a part in the life of their community and experience "real" work opportunities and skills development. To achieve this aim Border Links develops locally based activities and community projects to foster community integration and enhance life and work opportunities for our participants.
In March 2006, working with two local people with learning disabilities, we opened our first Community Club in the Village Hall at Cornhill on Tweed, north Northumberland. Following demand and replication, Border links now works with over 40 people at sites based in Cornhill, Berwick upon Tweed, Amble in Northumberland and Kelso in the Scottish Borders.
In 2006, the Enterprise Team at Cornhill developed a successful vegetable delivery scheme. This trading enterprise has since been replicated at all of our sites and we now deliver baskets of healthy fruit and vegetables to around 70 households in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. This project provides innovative opportunities to work, and develop skills in a supportive context that is real and has relevance. It has also raised the profile of adults with learning disabilities by enabling their delivery of a community service that supports the local economy and is greatly valued by our customers.
As the enterprise has grown, so too have the work experience and personal development opportunities that we can offer to participants, for example, the increased need for administration support and marketing activity has generated new opportunities for people with learning disabilities to work as members of our Admin Team and our Marketing Group.
Border Links sessions are delivered in a small and local group context. The local nature of the project fosters su...
social and economic inclusion, learning disabilty, community
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