We are delighted to announced that Opening Doors has been awarded a further grant by City Bridge Trust.
This grant will enable the project to continue for another two years, which is wonderful news. Opening Doors is our volunteer project, supporting people with learning disabilities to access art, sport and cultural activities in London by matching them with volunteers with shared interests. The project has been a big success since its launch in 2016 and we are very excited to start this next phase in its development.
Opening Doors is all about making sure that people take a full and active part in their community. It’s about empowering people with learning disabilities, increasing their confidence, widening their social networks and improving their health and wellbeing. This means trying lots of new and exciting activities.
Last year Opening Doors delivered a staggering 391 activities for people with learning disabilities. The range of activities was enormous: everything from rock climbing to supper clubs, filmmaking to theatre trips, badminton to rugby! There really was something for everyone.
The project is open to people with learning disabilities across London, not just those already in contact with Yarrow. Our target is to provide 400 opportunities and activities in the next year. We are also planning to create a dedicated website for the project, to support our ambitious plans to ensure that all people with learning disabilities within reach of the activities have the opportunity to join us.
It promises to be an exciting and very busy two years! Our thanks once again to City Bridge Trust for awarding us this grant. If you would like to find out more about Opening Doors, please contact us.