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Disability Cornwall
Trek West

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We support people with a long term health condition or disability to take control of their lives, build confidence and skills and take a journey of discovery towards greater economic and social fulfillment.

 

Trek West will help you achieve this by:

 

  • Offering a professional and friendly guide who will help to support you on a one-to-one basis

  • Providing you with your own personal plan to help set out where you want to be

  • Helping you to maximise your household income

  • Providing training opportunities shaped around your needs.

 

We have identified six areas which affect all of our lives:

 

Money

Employment

Health and Wellbeing

Knowledge and Skills

Home Environment

Personal Interest

 

Participants of Trek West are supported to draw up their own personal Action Plan, which sets out realistic steps that can be taken to make improvements in priority areas. In addition, training sessions are also available. These include: Confidence Building, Writing CVs, Interviews and Decision-Making. Our Guide will be with you throughout the process to support, liaise, motivate and provide a listening ear and emotional support if and when the going gets tough.

 

There's no doubt that the participants in this project require a commitment and a real willingness to engage, it is a Trek after all, not a Walk in the Park! But we believe the rewards far outweigh the demands.

 

Why is this project needed?

 

Disabled people already face multiple barriers to achieving independence, health and wellbeing. Our low wage economy, unavailable or inaccessible services, lower educational achievement, poor housing, expensive and uncoordinated public transport, and higher than average living cost can all make Cornwall a very difficult place to live for many. This is on top of multiple changes taking place to the support systems often relied upon by disabled people (most significant of which are welfare reforms at local and national level) that have seen many household incomes driven down below official poverty levels.

 

How can I get involved?

 

If you think you or someone you know might benefit from this project, there are some criteria to consider. You will need to:

 

  • Live in West Cornwall
  • Have a long term health condition or disability which affects your life
  • Be willing to make changes to improve your situation, but just need some support to get where you want to be.

 

If you are a professional working with people affected by the above, please do talk to them about the project and refer them in.

 

Please be quick as places go fast!

 

 

Funded by:

The Lloyds Bank Foundation

 

Your journey begins with Pedyr

 



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