Our annual report 2017-2018 takes a bird’s eye look at our work, and focuses on key areas that highlight our impact. Throughout 2017-2018 a central focus of our work has been to enable disabled people and people with experience of mental health difficulties to lead ordinary lives. As you will see from reading the annual report, this approach underpins all of our work whether it be our Quality of Life programme or the Common Ground Community Connecting project.

Another focus of our work for several years now has been increased emphasis on individuals who are labelled as the most complex and challenging.  For these individuals, whether they have profound and multiple learning disabilities or whether they find themselves in a locked setting or excluded in other ways from the community, their day-to-day experiences are often characterised by a lack of access to the most basic human rights and freedoms. Our work facilitating person centred plans, our postural care work and our new More Than Words training all focus on improving the quality of life of some of the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised individuals.  

Over the past few years we have spent time reflecting on the organisation’s brand and what work we will develop and what work we no longer wish to pursue. There are several reasons we would not pursue work but the main one is getting involved in work where we are not given enough freedom to achieve good outcomes for individuals. We obviously expect a challenge and significant obstacles in our way, but there has to be sufficient will and some like-minded individuals in organisations that commission us to bring about a sustained change, otherwise change is not possible and people are set up to fail. We have always thought this way, but our commitment to this approach has been strengthened in the past few years. As a result all of the work you will read about in this annual report has resulted in great outcomes, in partnership with individuals who are committed to achieving equality and ordinary life opportunities for disabled people and people with experience of mental health difficulties.

If you are interested in the work we undertook in 2017-2018, please see the report below.