Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like Spadework in Kent, which provides care, support and meaningful opportunities to people with learning and other disabilities.
Through the charity’s farm shop and garden centre, their aim is to support their trainees to develop independence and personal skills through social interaction with the community.
Spadework have expanded their work to provide telephone support to their trainees. Since 23rd March, Spadework have made 1,844 phone calls to their trainees, many of whom have experienced increased levels of anxiety. These calls have been helping to reduce the isolation and anxiety felt by them, and improve their communication and social skills.
One of the key impacts of Spadework’s work is to offer people with learning difficulties and disabilities the opportunity to socialise as well as give them a routine to their day. The absence of these two things in their lives will no doubt have a long-term effect on their mental health.
Adults with learning disabilities are more likely to experience mental health issues and the lockdown has worsened this.
In the wider community, Spadework is providing 50 veg boxes a week to local hospices and care homes, with the help of many amazing volunteers.
Spadework has also played a large part in feeding local vulnerable people and has distributed “Sunshine Boxes” of food to over 230 households that have found themselves in need due to coronavirus.