The REACH Project is a 1:1 disability advocacy project that aims to help people to speak up in order to improve their lives and fulfil their potential. The Project is dedicated to promoting and maintaining independence, enabling people with disabilities to live happy, inspiring, and fulfilling lives.
Why is REACH different from other services?
REACH was designed and developed by a person with a disability who benefits from a direct knowledge and experience about many existing social care services in the Tees Valley.
Whilst there are many excellent services locally, many adopt a one-size-fits-all approach and are limited to the support they can provide. Additionally, the delivery model of day services replicates a school environment, i.e. you attend a particular centre 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 5 days a week. The activities are fairly repetitive: music, arts and crafts, reading, etc.
REACH believes that everybody is an individual with their own hopes and dreams. Ultimately we aim to give disabled people something that they need rather than something that they are given.