Our Social Enterprise of the Week:

The Aldingbourne Trust

The Aldingbourne Trust support people with learning disabilities and/or autism to reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives.

Their Vision / Mission:

The Aldingbourne Trust’s roots date back to 1978 when 3 parents set up a small centre to support adults with learning disabilities. Since then the organisation has grown to offer a huge range of services and now supports over 1000 people with learning and physical disabilities. Often people with disabilities face significant challenges and can be overlooked and marginalised due to their differences. The Aldingbourne Trust help the people they support become more actively involved in their communities by providing them with life skills, training and work opportunities, helping them live more enriched lives.

The Aldingbourne Trust operate over a dozen social enterprises including cafés, shops, a farm, a furniture restoration enterprise and other attractions. All of these enterprises offer job opportunities to the people they support enabling them to learn new skills and gain experience. They also run a drop-in centre which gives guidance and independent living advice to people with disabilities.

Their huge range of services also includes Supported Living Accommodation, where adults with learning disabilities can live independently in accommodation that is safe, secure and comfortable with staff on hand to help if necessary. This provides the people they support with the confidence to become more independent while still living in a safe environment. All the work that The Aldingbourne Trust are doing is proving that people with learning disabilities can make a huge contribution to their communities when given the opportunity and the right support.

Why We Chose Them:

The Aldingbourne Trust work tirelessly to provide the support that their clients need. During the lockdown they made sure that no one was becoming isolated by regularly telephoning and video calling the people they support to check on their wellbeing. After finding out that some individuals were struggling with boredom while at home, they put together activity packs filled with fun things to do to keep everyone entertained. They also brought everyone together online, through weekly live cookery and craft sessions on their social media channels. It’s fantastic to see that even during the tough times everyone’s been facing recently The Aldingbourne Trust are still ensuring everyone gets the help they need.

The Work They Do:

How They Align With Our Values:

Here at Ground Up Digital our social mission is to help people into employment who may have struggled previously to find work due to neurodiversity, disability or past mistakes. We offer job opportunities, training and support to help them into the world of work. We love the fact that The Aldingbourne Trust are inclusive to everyone and help people gain the skills and experience to live more independently.

You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values/

How You Can Support Them:

The Aldingbourne Trust are looking for like-minded people who really want to make a difference to join their volunteer team. Find out more here: https://www.alljobspro.com/aldingbourne-jobs/job-details.cfm?job=306480