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 [+] Resources and the Beehive Project and the Inclusion Spectrum.

Zodiac Arts sees it’s self as a Colony the hub of a society living in a hive

The Beehive project will collect information from stakeholders to provide recreation activities for people with learning disabilities

• Using the information from support workers, the need required to support their service users, we can reproduce and build activities to suit their group’s needs.

• Through training, we provide. Each person will become a worker bee, which will build and give support to new members of staff with recreation duties.

• The information collected about the participants or groups needs, we can set up and deliver activities to build confidence independence and self worth

• This project aims to increase physical activities of people with learning disabilities in Westminster, thereby ensuring that the targets outlined in the London Sports Plan of improving participation (health and well being, stronger communities etc) apply equally to this group of people.

• Using an approach based on the ‘Inclusion Spectrum’, a process by which people choose the type of activities to meet their capabilities, more sports opportunities will be created. Suitable leisure and sports activities will be identified for individuals in a person centred way. This means supporting people with learning disabilities and their carers in deciding on suitable exercises depending on disabilities and motivation.

• In order to facilitate the implementation of the desired exercise programme, this project will form partnerships with local leisure services, specialist learning disability teams, voluntary organisations, and other stakeholders involved.

Access to mainstream leisure services will thereby be increased and more specific sports sessions will be provided that are tailored to meet physical and learning needs of the individuals. Acknowledging that maintaining behaviour changes can be difficult, Health Action Plans, an initiative by the Department of Health (2001), will be used to ensure that there is coordination and individual support.

• Through workshops and work experience we hope to attract more special needs coaches to deliver recreation activities.

Most people have limited or no experience of working with or being in contact with people with disabilities. Their beliefs and attitudes regarding disability may have been informed by negative perceptions or incorrect assumptions. Zodiac Arts aim to help people expand their understanding of disability and to challenge attitudes to disabled people, looking also at the potential implications of the Disability Discrimination Act.

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