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Description of activity
The Kingston Eco-op is a project which offers a range of developmental activities for adults who have learning disabilities, mental health problems or other challenges in their lives.
We do this to make it possible for people who experience mental and physical distress to live full lives, and play their full part in society.
We aim to effect personal and social change by:
Increasing self confidence and esteem
Developing skills for self-help and mutual support
Learning and gaining qualifications
Educating, caring and becoming involved with the local community
Creating opportunities to increase employment skills
Kingston Eco-op provides:
Work experience: Currently participants are doing poppy assembly in conjunction with charity RBL (Royal British Legion). This is a positive experience in its own right, as it helps clients learn new skills and build their confidence whilst helping them on the path towards learning employment skills.
Social activities: This includes topical group discussions, book clubs and group exercise sessions to aid wellbeing and promote learning.
Group trips: This year this has included a River Thames Cruise, Hayling Island seaside trip and a Christmas meal. These trips are hugely important for our clients, reducing isolation and helping them grow in confidence and experience new places.
Development of skills: Each service user has an individual meeting with the workshop staff to review their progress and to discuss issues such as:
Ability to carry out agreed tasks
Engagement with staff and other service users These help identify the strengths and support needs of the participant. Once people feel ready for work or volunteering, we provide a reference and help with CVs and job applications.
We have links with Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC), the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames employment support team and Balance Kingston to provide training and support into work and volunteering for our service users and volunteers.
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There are main bus stops at either Fairfield or Cromwell Road & Kingston train station is located nearby. The bus stops and train station are about 5mins walk away from us.
There is no parking at the church itself but there is a car park at Fairfield. People can be dropped off by driving into Hardman Road and ringing our doorbell so staff can come outside and assist.
We are directly opposite Tiffin Boys school on the other side of the road but if you get stuck, our phone number is 07947 574123 and we will help you find the building.
Days and times of activity / opening
|Tuesday||From 10:00||To 15:00|
|Wednesday||From 10:00||To 15:00|
|Thursday||From 10:00||To 15:00|
|Friday||From 10:00||To 15:00|
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Description of Eligibility or Referral Criteria and Pathways (if applicable)
Kingston Eco-op welcomes referrals from Kingston or any of our neighbouring local authorities for adults over 18 years of age who have learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, or are at risk of social exclusion.
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Please contact the Kingston Eco-op Operations Manager to check availability and charges for attendance. We can discuss support needs and answer any queries regarding our service and the referral process and informal visits to the project can also be arranged.
Please contact us to request a referral form. Referrals will normally need to be completed by the involved care professional and funding for a place needs to be agreed before the person can start attending their chosen activities.