Social Link works with adults with learning disabilities in Wycombe, encourage social interaction and provide a safe environment to make genuine friendships. Aylesbury and the surrounding area to promote independence,
Turning disabilities into abilities - their approach is to help members focus on what they can achieve and not limitations. Their members have a broad range of abilities but each day we see them taking on new challenges with confidence and enthusiasm.
Gardening provides a great opportunity for our members to learn new skills but also has huge therapeutic benefits. Throughout the pandemic, gardening their our members a real focus when life around them was changing as well as being challenging. They have already achieved so much, including landscaping previously neglected grounds at Wycombe Arts Centre. They now have a core group of keen gardeners who are excited to move this project forward for the benefit of the community.
The next stage in developing their gardening service is to increase its size for the benefit of a greater number of adults with learning disabilities. They have already witnessed an improvement in both the physical and mental health of members who struggled throughout the pandemic and feel that the gardening service should now be available to more individuals. This can be achieved with the purchase of new minibus.
The gardening service is currently only available on Fridays as this is the only day that a shared minibus can be assigned to the group. The purchase of a minibus dedicated to the gardening service will mean that it can operate on additional days. The ambition is for the members to travel throughout Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire to undertake gardening jobs for those in need in the community, including the elderly and vulnerable.
The cost of a new minibus is approximately £35,000. They have already managed to secure £21,000 towards the target and would welcome any support with obtaining the remaining amount required.