Support a disabled young person into independence

Your gift of £500 will fund a Connect 2 programme which allows a disabled young person to experience an additional level of independence through a volunteer mentor.

John* joined Salmon four years ago when he was 14 years old. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and was low in confidence when it came to experiencing new things and being in social environments. He was not an independent traveller therefore he didn’t get out much and was restricted to socialising with just parents and close family.

Salmon provided support for John to develop his independence and social skills at our weekly disability club (“Mixables”), and provided activities for him to do in the long school or college holidays where he would normally just stay at home. As a result, John got to take part in some of our regular day trips, residentials and several other holiday activities which are always over-booked.

Through our Connect 2 befriending scheme, we now have a volunteer mentor who meets John every two weeks and takes him out on a social activity to help him learn independence skills along the way. Recently, John has become one of the young leaders at Salmon and takes part in weekly training sessions with a group of other disabled and non-disabled young people.

John has enjoyed preparing for a bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition and got especially excited when he found out that he can use a map to independently navigate himself around an area and also cook his own dinner on a camp stove.

John said, “I like socialising at Salmon, especially meeting new people and also taking part in games. The holiday in Birmingham let me go shopping myself with no one around me for the first time ever. Also, I could hang out with friends and make good memories.”

John has now been accepted for an Arts degree at University.

Please donate to help disabled young people like John gain their confidence and independence.

(*Name has been changed to protect the young person’s privacy)

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