Community Connecting is a way of creating relationships between disabled people and people with mental health difficulties and the local community, based on shared interests, mutual support and a focus on the positives both the disabled person and other community members gain by coming together.

The impact of Community Connecting:

  • Read Marion’s story to see how Community Connecting enables Marion to make friends after years of having no friends in her local area. Marion's Story: Making Friends
  • The Coop Foundation has awarded us a grant to work with young people 14-25 in Birmingham and Walsall using Community Connecting as part of their Youth Loneliness Campaign.
  • We use Community Connecting as part of our Leadership Programme to enable people to make strategic links that can benefit their personal development.

It costs £750 to work with a person with a learning disability, get to know them and support them to make meaningful connections in the community. This is based on working with an individual with a learning disability who needs support to understand things and communicate with people.

It costs £450 to work with a person with a mild mental health difficulty, get to know them and support them to make meaningful connections in the community. This is based on working with an individual who needs support with confidence and making links, but is otherwise able to sustain these links.